Spirit Baptism and Preparing the way for Christ’s Advent
So we are at day 20, soon we will be done with this book and move to the next one. If there is a book of the Bible you would like to study give me some feedback and the book of the Bible that gets the most votes will be the one. Also I will be out of town one more time this month, and I cannot take my computer with me, so if my phone works out there I will still respond to your post, but if not I will be back Sunday night and I will respond to all post by Monday night.
The prophet Malachi foretold that God would send Elijah, referring to an “Elijah message,” just to the coming of Jesus Christ (Mal. 4:5). This prophecy has two applications. One applies to Christ’s first advent; the other applies to His second coming. The gospel writer Luke tells us that John the Baptist fulfilled the first application of the prophecy of Malachi (Luke 1:17).
John the Baptist went forth in the “Spirit and power” of Elijah. To what did this refer? It meant that he was Spirit-filled and preached a Spirit-anointed message to prepare the people of his day for the
coming of the messiah, who would soon appear. The power of the Holy Spirit attended John’s preaching. Multitudes came to hear him, and many were baptized.
Malachi’s prophecy has a second application, referring to a people who will give a serious warning message just before Jesus comes, which is called Christ’s second coming. As John the Baptist was
Spirit-filled to give the Elijah message of his day, so God’s last-day believers must be Spirit-filled to give the last-day message to the world.