The Church of Christ with The Elijah Message
                                     Basic Introduction to
                The Church of Christ with the Elijah Message
                                             (Continued)
                           
Acts 3:20 - 24
“And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the
times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world
began. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your
brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to
pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all
the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these
days.”


The Coming of the Elijah Message

God told us that he was going to send a messenger to prepare the way for Christ. We learn this in two places
in Malachi.

Malachi 3: 1-4
“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek,
shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall
come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he
appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver:
and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an
offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the
days of old, and as in former years.”

When Christ came to earth he sent out before him a messenger to lead the way.  The messenger’s name is
John. Jesus even makes a point to tell everyone that John was sent before him to prepare the people.

Malachi 4:5-6:
“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.”

There are several key parts to the verses above.  First when Christ Jesus came the first time, he did not “come
to his temple”, nor did he “suddenly” appear.  Also it says that the messenger will “purify the sons of Levi”,
which is the priesthood of God’s Church.  When John first walked the earth all he did was to teach about
Jesus, he did not “purify” the priesthood of Christ’s Church because it did not exist.  Also it says that Elijah
would come before the great and dreadful day of the Lord.  Since the great and dreadful day, also known as
judgment day, has not happened yet there is still work to be done by the messenger. Look what Christ said
about the Elias coming.

Matthew 17:10-13:
“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. But I say unto you, That Elias is
come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the
Son of man suffer of them.  Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.”

Notice that Christ said that the Elias shall first come and restore all things. He did not say he came and
created things. This means that what was promised in Malachi had not happened yet. Also how can you
restore something that has yet to be created? Christ’s Church was not established until after Christ’s death. All
this information means that the messenger has to come again before the second coming of Christ.

We learned in the verse above that John the Baptist is the messenger that was promised in Malachi, but there
are other places that tell us more. We know that John is the Elias because of a visit that his father Zacharias
had before he was born where an angel said that John would have the power of Elias (Elijah and Elias is the
same name in different languages)

Luke 1: 13-17
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, 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.”

Christ himself told us again that John was the messenger that will come with the power of Elijah.

Matthew 11:7-15:
“And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the
wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft
raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet?
yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger
before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of
women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of
heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth
violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.  And if ye will
receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

This messenger the Lord has promised us has come back to the earth to prepare the way before Christ. The
recording of the messages from John the Baptist can be found in the book The Word of the Lord (brought to
mankind by an angel). These instructions that God has sent down from heaven have reestablished Christ’s
Church on earth and the priesthood that goes with it.

The Record of the Nephites

We know that the Jews are just one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Some people say that the bible, which records
the history of the Jews, is the only record of God’s teachings. But why, if the Jews kept a record of Christ, would
it also not make since for the other tribes to do the same? Christ himself also talks about this.

John 10:16
“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and
there shall be one fold, and one shepherd”

Christ said that he was going to visit other people. These people also kept a record of their history and the
teachings of God. The Record of the Nephites is this record. We know it was going to come forth because it
was prophesied in Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 37:15-20
The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write
upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For
Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into
one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand. And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee,
saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these? Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I
will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put
them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand. And
the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.”

The Nephite people were of the house of Joseph. As like most people of the day, they recorded their history on
scrolls and plates. When you take the scroll of Joseph (The Record of the Nephites) and the scroll of Judah
(The Bible), they show the clear and true gospel of Christ. The two books don’t conflict each other, they
enhance each other.



This is the true gospel of Christ and his Church on Earth. Will you listen?