Just how many Elijah's can the Church of God have in its midst? Which one is the real one? How is one to know? What about all of the other self-proclaimed "Elijah's" that have appeared in the church over the last 80 some years? They are all dead, just like the biblical Elijah.
We have Ron Weinland, Dave Pack, Gerad Flurry, Alton Billingsley, Bob Thiel and many others who have set themselves up as the "Elijah" to the Church of God. They all claim they have a warning message to the world and yet no one seems to care what they say.
Once again this week we had one of these men trying to "prove" he is Elijah by using COG UK's recently article on "Where is Elijah?"
Where Is Elijah?
If Jesus is to return any time soon, then ‘Elijah’, according to some teachers, should be alive and kicking somewhere on earth…
John the Baptist reflected the life-style of the first Elijah—rough-hewn, godly, dwelling in the desert. He had the same message, to confront ungodliness, ‘…to turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God’ (v.16)—a mission he surely accomplished Matthew 3:5-6). A people prepared for the message of Jesus.
But ‘Elijah’ will also return ’…before the coming of the great and dreadful day of Jehovah’ Malachi: 4:5). That day—the great ‘Day of the Lord’—is ushered in by the returning Jesus who said ‘…I will come again’. Elijah’s message will be a call to repentance, a return by mankind to the true God—a call heard worldwide. John, in Revelation, speaks of ‘…my two witnesses’ (ch 11:3ff), and their mission does indeed ‘prepare the way of the Lord’. They reflect both the work of both Elijah [eg drought] and Moses [eg plagues].
It will be an awesome time of tribulation upon those who continue unrepentant, unheeding of the call to turn to God. Their mission will end at the return of Jesus, when they will be glorified with Him, together with the rest of the ’firstfruits harvest’ (Revelation 11:3-12).
Our favorite Bro, Elijah Thiel has this to say about himself:
Although people like the discredited Ron Weinland have claimed to be ‘Elijah,’ neither of them are.
Yet, the Bible does show that there will be an ‘Elijah’ who is alive before Jesus returns and that it is likely that he will be one of the two witnesses. And as Jesus is likely to return within the next couple of decades, it is reasonable to consider that he must be alive today.
Isn't it great to know that the deluded self-appointed false prophet is not only Elijah but that he is one of the two witless witnesses! Glory Hallelujah!The problem is that just as many would not hear Elijah’s or John the Baptist’s messages, relatively few will pay much attention to the end time Elijah as well.