Many people think that the word “endtime” refers to a particular time-pinpoint when Armageddon is upon us. Endtime is in fact a timespan that begins with the Baptism of Jesus Christ (Mat.3:13) and will end with the catastrophic “great and dreadful day of the Lord”, which Malachi (4:5) prophecies about.
Jesus referred to this period as a “generation” (Mat.23:36) and indeed! The narrative in Genesis about the seven creation days is not at all referring to the seven human days of the week but is a description of how the Divine works in heaven time, where a thousand human years are equated with one divine day. (Ps.90:4)
These divine days can also be called generations. It is all about creating the next heavenly Generation, with Earth as the “womb” (see Gen.2:1) and the heavenly “foetus” prepared to be born into heaven in six stages of the gestation period. Read here to learn more about Genesis chapter 1.
The period Jesus referred to as “this generation” is in fact the 5th Generation or the 5th Creation Day, which will unfortunately end in the greatest catastrophe like this world had never before experienced or will ever suffer afterwards. (Mat.24:21)
In all four Gospel narratives the ministry of Jesus is set off with John the Baptist who was to “prepare the way for the Lord” according to the prophecy of Isa.40:3.
However, John came in under the radar. Not even the Jewish leaders could put two-and-two together, when John gave them an answer to their direct question whether he was Elijah or not (see Joh.1:19-28) and it was only after John was murdered in Jail that Jesus told His disciples: “Elijah has already come, and they did not recognise him…” (Mat.17:12)
Now the question would surely be: So why did John deny that he was Elijah? The answer is certainly not a one paragraph simplicity, but in short: It was all part of God’s plan to keep the Jews from recognising Jesus as the Messiah, otherwise the Blueprint for the salvation of mankind might not have gone according to the Divine Plan.
The teachers of the law taught that "Elijah must come first" (Mat.17:10) so when the Jewish authorities could not make the connection between John the Baptist and Elijah, they were in fact compelled to regard Jesus as a “deceiver” (Mat.27:63), laying out the Via Dolorosa that pointed the way to Golgotha and the altar (cross) on which the greatest Sacrifice ever was made.
This was written in the predestination for mankind, and Jesus quoted Isa.6:9,10 (Septuagint) in Mat.13:15 and immediately added “but blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears, because they hear.” (13:16) He was referring to His disciples, who would later become the core of Christianity. (also read Rom.11:25-32)
When Jesus told His disciples that John was in fact the Elijah of His first coming, He also said: “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things.” (Mat.17:11) And did Elijah I “restore all things” in his lifetime? Certainly not! John the Baptist’s commission was "prepare the way" for Jesus to the Cross, that is to proclaim the suffering Messiah (17:12) and introduce Him to the world at His Baptism.
The instruction to “restore all things” is still in the pipeline, but this is the commission of the Second Elijah who are also called "to prepare the way", but this time as the Divine Messenger or Ambassador. (Mal.3:1)
The coming of the 2nd Elijah is different from that of Elijah I who was only revealed postmortem. Here the Bible is detailed: “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes.” (Mal.4:5)
The event that will rock the world to its foundations and draw the final curtain over the 5th Generation is the “great and dreadful day.” That means Elijah II will already be busy with his commission by the time the world is struck by what is also known as “Armageddon!” (Rev.16:16)
In fact, Elijah II will be remarkably busy, and by the time of the “great day” he would already have laid the foundation of what he came to do for the Lord. Please click here to learn exactly what is the Foundation of United Christianity.
THE COMMISSION OF ELIJA II
“Elijah will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents…” (Mal.4:6a NIV)
The word “parents” in the NIV is a misleading translation of the original which expressly refers to “fathers” (see the KJV). This has nothing to do with the confrontations that sometimes happen between parents and their children. The connotation is much more disturbing.
The Bible narrative, from Genesis to Revelations, is overwhelmed by the actions of the fathers. In the male-driven Old and New Testaments women barely make an impression. However, whereas Elijah I was confined to the Old Testament, Elijah II is God’s prophet for Christianity, which is the product of the New Testament, so let us stick to our side of the coin.
Right from the beginning the Church was male dominated. The Apostles were all men. The succession of the Roman Catholic Popes were all male (Pope Joan?) Even in Protestant Denominations the males ruled the roost until quite recently in some.
This is just to underscore the fact that the rift between the fathers and children became so bad that God had to send a prophet to bring them together again. So what happened that drove the fathers and children apart? Jesus alluded to the answer here in the parable of the weeds. (Mat.13:24-30)
“Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.” (Mat 13:25)
This has everything to do with the Church. The Apostles were directly taught by Jesus, who was the Sower of pure wheat. The Church of Acts 2 was the first field where the seeds sprouted. However, very soon the enemy caught the fathers napping and started to sow tares among the wheat and in Acts 15 one reads about the conflict arising from the idea some had that the believers in Christ also need to be circumcised.
After long discussion they finally agreed to some compromise between the pure Gospel and the Law (see 15:20) breaching the solid wall around the Gospel and giving the enemy the green light to sow his tares unrestrainedly.
By the time Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Galatians things were so bad that he wrote: “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.” (Gal.1:6-7)
Then the Church was usurped by the Roman Church, became the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and as that Church spread its wings over the earth, more and more tares were sown until the Protestants could take it no longer and broke away in 1517.
From there on it was virtually one-way traffic for the sower of tares, despite the best intention of the protestants and their five Solas - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_solae
So, now it becomes easy to understand how the “fathers and children” became detached. The Church Fathers were the keepers of the Gospel and the Teachings of the Apostles (Acts 2:42) However, as the tares were sown the children started to disagree with the fathers, broke away, form new churches of which they became the fathers, and so this process repeated itself even until today, resulting is a myriad of churches, each with its version of the “truth”, until the Mirror (Christianity) that was supposed to reflect a clear image of Christ into the world is so shattered, it is no wonder that today’s world is becoming totally sceptical of the Bible and of Jesus Christ.
AN EARLY WARNING
“…or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.” (Mal.4:6b)
This is no idle threat. If the “great and dreadful day of the Lord” means unprecedented suffering and death, just imagine what this could mean. However, I am optimistic that God will provide His Prophet with ample proof that he is what he says he is, and that the Denominations that will constitute the Foundation for the new United Universal Church will be obedient to his voice.
Go here for an exposition on 2The.2:1-12, where the identity of the last prophet of flesh and blood will begin to be revealed.
I am Barend Williams, a seventy two year old pensioner living in the Cape Province of South Africa. On Good Friday of the year 1985 I had a close encounter with the Divine, which totally changed my direction in life. I hope you find the articles here a Blessing from heaven. Amen.