In my last blog article titled “What will the End look like?”, I reviewed what the Lord’s commission was to the Church and the condition of the world at the time of the end. In this article I will continue the end-time picture presented to us in Scripture. The last message of the Old Testament concluded with the following –
“Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, With the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” – Malachi 4:4-6
To many this message is confusing but this is because the present day Church has so failed in teaching the Scripture. The first command is to remember the Law of Moses. This does not mean the burdensome and legalistic rules the Jewish Scribes and Rabbis placed in their traditions of interpretation. God said “which I commanded him in Horeb”, in other words at the mountain that burned with fire from which God gave the Ten Commandments. Jesus never came to nullify this law, in fact He came to fulfill it –
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” – Matt. 5:17
Jesus further summarized these Ten Commandments into two (matching the two stone tablets on which they were written) —
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” – Matt. 22:37-40
Included in these two are worship of the true God, who is One, thus rejecting idols whether carved out of wood or stone or manufactured in human imagination, such as materialism. Images of God are forbidden because as Jesus taught, God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship in Spirit and truth (Jn. 4:24). His name is precious and powerful and to be honored above all others. The second command incorporates all the other commands from honoring father and mother to the value of human life from the womb to the end of life, from the honoring of family to the valuing of property rights and the value of honoring a good name, and ends with the inward searching out of any covetousness thoughts toward another. These are all contained in the statement “Remember the law of Moses”.
Next, we have the return of Elijah promised and what will he do? He will turn the hearts of the father to their children and the children to their fathers. In other words, he will work for the restoration of family. The duty of men is to first know God and then to teach their children about God –
“Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren,” – Deut. 4:9
“You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” – Deut. 11:19
Then Elijah will turn back the children to the ways of their forefathers, back to the principles first laid out in the Bible. This means he will strike down modern education which seeks to foster socialism, sexual ‘freedom’, modern progressive ism, and every teaching that denigrates the teaching of the Bible.
Will the two witnesses that Revelation promises will appear be Moses and Elijah? They were the two that appeared when Jesus was transfigured –
“And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elijah: Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.” – Luke 9:28-31
These witnesses have the power to stop the rain, turn water to blood, and strike the earth with plagues, all miracles that Elijah and Moses did. And they preach for 3½ years, their message going out to the world. When they are killed by the beast, the Antichrist, he leaves their dead bodies to lie in the streets of Jerusalem for the entire world to see. At the end of 3½ days they come to life and are caught up into heaven.
What is the message these two witnesses preach? I believe it will be “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” – the message of Elijah. And the message of Moses will be his song –
“Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel. For when I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant. And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I sware.” – Deut. 31:19-21
Those who are alive at the end will certainly experience the teaching of these two – Moses and Elijah – which God will use as a last testimony to the world before He pours out His wrath. I pray that should you be these, you will listen and turn to the Lord before it is too late.