The Church of Christ with The Elijah Message
                         The Scriptural Foundation of
                              The Church of Christ
                                      (Continued)


Jesus Christ was the chief corner stone and He himself, said that mankind would fall away from the very
foundation which He had created for us to follow.

So, we can see the Apostles (one part of the foundation which we are to be built upon in our Christian Faith)
told us the entire Church would fall away from the Word and Doctrine of Christ. Then we can see where the
Prophets (another part of the foundation which we are to be built upon), said we would fall away from the Word
and Doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then the Lord Jesus Christ (the final part of the foundation we are to
built upon), said we would fall away from the Word and Doctrine for Christ. In the Word of God all of this was
told unto us that we might be made aware and understand the time and place we live today by the Word of God.
We can then understand the words of
2nd John verse 9, wherein it states, “Whosoever transgresseth, and
abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God…..” If we do not have God’s Doctrine, then whose doctrine do
we have: the answer is simple: the doctrine of devils as is stated in
1st Timothy, chapter 4 verse 1.  We truly
need to understand God wants mankind to follow Him and not the devil. Doctrine (the Word of God is very
important and very needful for us to follow and understand. It is in reality the difference between eternal life with
Christ and eternal life in hell.

The Lord’s Prayer begins with “Our Father, which art in Heaven”. Indeed, the Lord is a loving Father and a just
father and a Father whom has paid for our souls with his sacrifice upon the cross. He seeks truly to save us
and have us abide in His Words and His Doctrines.  He desires us to not wander in darkness, rather to walk in
His Light and His Word and His Salvation. It is for that reason He promised He would send someone to
restore His Church, that His people could worship Him in Spirit and in truth (
Gospel of John 4:23-24, “the hour
cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father
seeketh such to worship Him.”)

Jesus Christ said he would restore his Church in
Matthew 17:9-11, “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 say the scribes that Elias must first come?” The disciples
were quoting
Malachi 4:5-6 which said, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the
great and dreadful day of the Lord” (that is to say the day of the second coming of Christ as he returns in
judgment.)  Keep in mind that Jesus continued his statement to the disciples and said in
verse 11 of the 17th
chapter of Matthew
, “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly SHALL COME AND RESTORE ALL
THINGS.”  In simple words: Jesus promised to send Elijah to restore all things before Jesus returns in
judgment.

Moving to
Malachi chapter 3: 1-3, we can read further where God said, “Behold, I will send my messenger, and
he shall prepare the way before me: and I 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.”…”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.” Levi were the Old Testament ministry and
the sons of Levi are the ministry or preachers of today. So who is the Elijah who will come before the day of
Judgment and who is the messenger of the covenant who will purify the modern day ministry? The answer is
in
Matthew chapter 11:7-14 and it is Christ himself who gives us the answers.  Matthew 11:10 tells us, “For
this is he, of whom it is written, behold I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way
before thee.” Jesus said John the Baptist is the Messenger of the Covenant. (Who is going to purify the ministry
today) and in verse 14 of Matthew chapter 11, Jesus said, “and if you will receive it, this is Elias, which was for
to come.” Jesus declared unto us that John the Baptist is the Elijah which will come and restore all things
before he returns in judgment. That is what Jesus Christ said and that we can believe totally.

We all know John the Baptist was beheaded (see
gospel of Mark 6:14-29) and therefore was dead. How can
John the Baptist come and restore all things today and purify the modern day ministry since he died over 2,000
years ago? The answer is contained in
verse 11 of Matthew chapter 11 and in Matthew chapter 27:50-53. In
Matthew 11:11 Jesus used the word raised when speaking of John the Baptist and then in Matthew 27:50-53,
we read, “Jesus, when he had cried with loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And behold the veil of the temple was
rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves were
opened: and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection,
and went into the holy city and appeared unto many.”  

Therefore we know John the Baptist was a saint, we know Jesus said he would arise and we have record of it
in
Matthew chapter 27:50-53. The Word of God is not lacking if we seek the Lord and His guidance to
understand it.
Isaiah 28:9-10 told us, “Whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to
understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be
upon precept, precept upon precept: line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.”  It is truly
needful that we today understand the word of the Lord and follow it. God has sent the promised Elijah, the
resurrected John the Baptist and he is restoring the Lord’s Church back to the everlasting gospel of our Lord
Jesus Christ, which mankind has fallen away from. One of His first instructions is contained in the twelfth
message and the forth verse, which said, “Behold, the Lord has rejected all creeds and factions of men, who
have gone away from the word of the Lord and become an abomination in his sight. Therefore let those that
come to the Church of Christ, be Baptized , that they may rid themselves of the traditions and sins of men;
preparing themselves, that they may be fit and worthy for the Spirit and Power of the Holy Ghost, and as the
greater power shall come, that they may be ready to receive it with joy. For this is the time of the restitution and
restoration of all things, and this must come to all that shall be permitted to dwell in the presence of Christ, for
sin cannot receive the glory of God, nor the power of the Holy Spirit.”  God also said in the last part of verse 19
of the twenty second message, “…..That the gospel may be preached and the Kingdom of God might be
established on earth in it’s fullness, and the Church set in order in it’s completeness.”

We live in an exciting time, a time just before the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and we live in the
time Christ promised that he would send His Messenger to prepare the people for His Second coming and
Judgment. It is a time that men have waited for ever since the Resurrection of the Lord. We wait for the return of
Christ and with the coming of His Messenger we know and rejoice that His Second coming is near. Therefore
let all be up and doing and have oil in our lamps that we will be as the wise virgins spoken of in Matthew
chapter twenty-five. God Bless you in this study and it is my hope you are blessed and understand it clearly and
it will be of some small help in your teaching of the Doctrine, Foundation, and Plan of our Lord Jesus Christ for
today. Amen.

Your Brother in Christ,
Apostle Norman D. Lyles