The Days of Elijah
by Sid Roth
My childhood memories of Passover include the empty place setting at the table for Elijah. Every year we expected the prophet to announce the coming of the Messiah. I would even go to the door and open it just in case Elijah was waiting outside. And every year I would be disappointed.
This practice comes from Malachi 4:5-6: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
As I grew up, I realized many traditional Jews did not believe Elijah would ever come—it was just a fable. After I became a Messianic Jew, I found that Elijah had already come. Yeshua (Jesus) made it clear that “Elijah” in Malachi’s prophecy was referring to John the Baptist (Matthew 17:10-13). Luke 1:17 says that John would walk “in the spirit and power of Elijah.” In other words, the same spirit that was on Elijah would be on John.
Jesus came to break down the wall of separation between Jews and Gentiles (Ephesians 2:14). However, today, the wall is even higher.
Amos prophesied what will happen when this wall is removed. He says when the Tabernacle of David (representing Jewish intimacy with God) is restored, it will result in mass Gentile revival. The harvest will be so great that “the plowman shall overtake the reaper” (Amos 9:11-13).
Remember, the favor of Genesis 12:3 followed the Jewish Tabernacle. Wherever the Tabernacle went, there was blessing. When the Jewish people are restored to the olive tree, it will bring the blessing of God.
This is exactly what Paul saw in Romans 11:12, 15: “Now if [the Jewish people’s] fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!…For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?” Get ready for the new outpouring of God’s Spirit on the dry, dead bones of Israel. It will break down the wall of separation between Jews and Christians leading to the emergence of the One New Man. It will bring blessings and resurrection life back to the church. It will release the greatest revival in history. (For more on the next move of God’s Spirit, read my latest book, The Last Lap: The Emergence of the One New Man.)
The devil will not take this lying down. Watch out for the greatest deception in church history. Replacement theology will be rampant. This heresy teaches that the Christian has replaced the Jew and the church is the new Israel. Some Gentile Christians even now say they are the Lost Tribes of Israel.
Another strategy to delay this next move of God will be to make the Jewish roots movement legalistic. The devil tries to take something good and get us stuck in a ditch on one side of God’s truth or the other.
In this ditch, religious spirits will cause some Christians to believe that if they don’t say God’s name in Hebrew or if they don’t worship on Saturday, it will cost them their salvation. They will try to make those who celebrate traditional Christian holidays feel like second-class citizens.
Don’t get me wrong. I believe there are supernatural blessings in New Covenant expressions of celebrating the feasts. I love to refer to Jesus by His Hebrew name, Yeshua. I love to have my Shabbat (Sabbath) on Saturday—the biblical day God selected. I know that centuries ago many church traditions were merged with pagan practices for political and anti-Jewish reasons. I know how after this happened the church moved from intimacy and power to dead religion.
But please do not commit the same error by legislating something God Himself is restoring in New Testament freedom. Let’s provoke others to jealousy by the outpouring of God’s Spirit and love and power when we worship God on biblical feasts.
In the other ditch, the same religious spirits are at work in the Gentile church. Some Christians make you feel as if Sunday worship is required for salvation. Others act as if you are betraying the faith if you object to the paganism mixed into Easter and Christmas or if you use Hebrew names.
For revival to spread we will need a lot more loving and a lot less judging.
We are approaching the time of Jacob’s trouble. This will be the worst time of persecution in history, first for the Jew and then for the Christian. When persecution hits, which day we worship or how we worship will not be as important as who we worship.
The supernatural blessings that will be released when the church evangelizes the Jew are needed now! The salvation of Israel is necessary for the emergence of the Elijah generation. And the Elijah generation will prepare the way of the Lord. The Gentile Christian needs the piece of the puzzle the Jewish believer has and the Jewish believer needs the part of the puzzle the Gentile Christian has. And we all need Yeshua.
These are the days of Elijah!