What about Elijah and Elisha? Is Elijah one of the Two Witnesses of Revelation? What relation does Elisha have to the Two Witnesses?
Elijah the prophet is first mentioned in the Bible as "Elijah the Tishbite" (1 Kings 17:1). The name "Elijah" means "The Lord is my God".
His servant, Elisha the prophet, is introduced in 1 Kings 19:16. The name "Elisha" means "God is salvation".
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Miracles of Elijah and Elisha
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To answer the question of whether or not Elijah is one of the Two Witnesses of Revelation, let us begin by looking in the Book of Malachi. Malachi 4:5-6 states:
This passage from Malachi has long been thought to suggest that Elijah would return to Earth prior to the coming of the Christ (also called the “Messiah”). For example, Matthew 17:10 says the following:
This indicates that even during the time before Jesus was killed, the scribes (students of the Bible) already taught that Elijah would come first, that is, before the coming of the Christ (the “day of Yehovah”, as it is called in Malachi).
With this in mind, it is clear that the "return" of Elijah is predicted by the Bible, in Malachi; and this understanding of this passage is confirmed by many New Testament passages: Matthew 11:7-14; Matthew 17:10-13; Mark 9:11-13; and Luke 1:13-18.
And, in a very real sense, Elijah has already "returned” in his companion prophet Elisha, long before the Book of Malachi was written. Elisha served in Elijah’s special ministry after Elijah ascended to Heaven. This is first evident in the fact that God directly tells Elijah that Elisha has been chosen to replace him after Elijah's ascension into Heaven (1 Kings 19:16).
Also, when Elisha makes his request to share the spirit that is upon Elijah (2 Kings 2:9), and that request is granted to Elisha (2 Kings 2:12), then Elisha does walk in the same "spirit"--share in the same special ministry--as Elijah.
Not only does the Bible tell us this explicitly, but this can be seen in how Elisha’s life is filled with many miracles similar to those which occurred in the life of Elijah.
Miracle Comparison for Elijah and Elisha
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Clearly, the spirit that was upon Elijah was also on Elisha.
So we can see from Scripture that the “return” of Elijah is God’s Will. Not only can it happen, it did happen: Elisha is an example of this "returning" of Elijah.
Let us now consider the question:
Could Elijah be one of the Two Witnesses of Revelation?
We already have a "yes" answer from the Book of Malachi, as we saw earlier. However, from the comparison of Elijah's and Elisha's miracles, we can now see that there is also another way to answer this question: a comparison of miracles.
If we compare the miracles of Elijah and Elisha with the miracles of the Two Witnesses of Revelation, we see some striking similarities:
We now find that, not only is it God’s Will for Elijah to “return”; but that Elijah and Elisha also have had miracles in their lives that closely resemble those of the Two Witnesses.
What we discover is that Elijah, Elisha, and one of the Two Witnesses, all hold the same special ministry. All of them come to Earth in "the spirit and power of Elijah". That phrase, "the spirit and power of Elijah," comes from Scripture: it is in Luke 1:17.
There is one more person who has shared this special ministry, and who has been an "Elijah". It is time for Part 6: John the Baptist.
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