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As predicted by Jesus

Matthew 17,11 He answered, "Elijah does come, and he will restore all things."

and

Malachi 4,5 See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.

Now, as for Jesus's coming we will know him for sure, but how do we recognize Elijah when he will come before the Lord?

I have guesses that it is, maybe, prior to his signs as stated in Rev 11, but it is unclear.

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    Are Jesus' words (quoted above) from Matthew 17:11? Please clarify. – Lesley Dec 19 '19 at 8:08
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    Do you not think that John the Baptist, who preceded Jesus, was the fulfilment of the prophecy by Malachi, who speaks of the messenger being sent before the face of the Lord ? – Nigel J Dec 19 '19 at 8:38
  • Of course he was, but I think that for each of His coming there will be Elijah first. It should be clear, if the Lord comes again, and Elijah doesn't come, there will be a case of a prophecy unfulfilled, which is impossible I suppose. Moreover, there is agreement that one of the 2 witnesses in Rev is Elijah. The point is, is there a way to tell him apart before he does all those signs? At least to endorse him while he prepares the way? – Alberto Tiraboschi Dec 19 '19 at 9:17
  • The prophecy has already been fulfilled. What is your basis for saying 'for each of his coming there will be Elijah first' ? – Nigel J Dec 19 '19 at 9:51
  • @NigelJ I'll try again: Malachi tells about dreadful, it doesn't seem to me that the days of Jesus were dreadful. For what concerns the prophecy of Jesus, we can't say that John the Baptist restorated everything. Do you agree? – Alberto Tiraboschi Dec 19 '19 at 10:06
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Reading from Revelation 11:3-6 (KJV)

3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

My KJV bible study claims about that specific passage we know these two witnesses can protect themselves prevent rain and perform miracles if necessary, bringing to mind Moses and Elijah who exhibited these types of miracles (Read Exodus 7:19-20; 1 Kings 17:1).

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    So there is a prophetic ministry throughout the Church age until the end of time. – Nigel J Dec 19 '19 at 9:51
  • @NigelJ So you believe that those signs will be performed by the Church, and not by some individuals chosen by Jesus? – Alberto Tiraboschi Dec 19 '19 at 9:56
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    I said 'throughout the Church age', which is a period of time. And I said 'there is a prophetic ministry'. I did not state either of the alternatives that you mention. – Nigel J Dec 19 '19 at 9:58
  • You are correct, i haven't read age. My bad. However, there is only one sentence true among the two that I had suggested I think. – Alberto Tiraboschi Dec 19 '19 at 10:03
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    That was addressed by @NigelJ in the comments to the question. Read Matthew 11:13-14, here Jesus reveals that John the Baptist was the fulfillment of Malachi’s prophecy. – Tiago Martins Peres 李大仁 Dec 19 '19 at 10:15

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