General Introduction.


 ‘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.’ Malachi 4:5, 6. 


The closing words of Malachi are a prophecy regarding the work that should be done preparatory to the first and the second advent of Christ.

     Those who are to prepare the way for the second coming of Christ are represented by faithful Elijah, as John came in the spirit of Elijah to prepare the way for Christ’s first advent.

     Our message must be as direct as was that of John. He rebuked kings for their iniquity. Notwithstanding the peril his life was in, he never allowed truth to languish on his lips.

     In this time of well-nigh universal apostasy, God calls upon His messengers to proclaim His law in the spirit and power of Elijah. As John the Baptist, in preparing a people for Christ’s first advent, called their attention to the Ten Commandments, so we are to give, with no uncertain sound, the message: “Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgement is come.” With the earnestness that characterised Elijah the prophet and John the Baptist, we are to strive to prepare the way for Christ’s Second Advent.

     The hour of God’s judgement has come, and upon the members of His church on earth rests the solemn responsibility of giving warning to those who are standing as it were on the very brink of eternal ruin.

     All can do something in the work. None will be pronounced guiltless before God unless they have worked earnestly and unselfishly for the salvation of souls.

     Your duty cannot be shifted upon another. No one but yourself can do your work. If you withhold your light, someone must be left in darkness through your neglect.

     The Lord has a place for everyone in His great plan.

The Faith I Live By, page 290.


‘God’s promise is, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” Just as in the days of Elijah, many of the professed people of God have forsaken His commandments, and are following the doctrines of a false god. . . . But just as the world is about to meet its God over His broken law; just as men are about to be summoned before the great judgement seat of Christ to be weighed in the balances of the Lord, the Elijah message is sent forth, calling the nations back again into full harmony with the law of their God. Once again the words of Elijah are pertinent: “Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.” 1 Kings 18:21.’

W. H. Branson: In Defence of the Faith page 394.