The coming of the Elijah Prophets – John the Baptist

A voice cries, ‘Prepare in the wilderness a way for Yahweh. Make a straight highway for our God across the desert. Isaiah 40:3 (JB)
In due course John the Baptist appeared; he preached in the wilderness of Judaea and this was his message: ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand’. This was the man the prophet Isaiah spoke of when he said: A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight. Matthew 3:1-3
As the messengers were leaving, Jesus began to talk to the people about John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swaying in the breeze? No? Then what did you go out to see? Aman wearing fine clothes? Oh no, those who wear fine clothes are to be found in palaces. Then what did you go out for? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet: he is the one of whom scripture says: Look, I am going to send my messenger before you; he will prepare your way before you. ‘I tell you solemnly of all the children born of women, a greater than John the Baptist has never been seen; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is. Since John the Baptist came, up to this present time, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence (or is forcibly entered) and the violent are taking it by storm (or seize it for themselves). Because it was towards John that all the prophecies of the prophets and the Law were leading: and he, if you will believe me, is the Elijah who was to return. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen! Matthew 11:11-15 (JB)

John the Baptist began his ministry at a nexus in history. All the prophecies of the OT prophets, and the book of the Law, pointed to this time. What was so critical about his purpose for the Messiah to make such a provocative statement about this specific messenger? What was the hidden truth that only those with ears to hear would understand?
From the time Elohim spoke to Abram instructing him to leave Ur of the Chaldees, and go to a land he would show him, to the time of John the Baptist was around two-thousand to twenty-five hundred years. Ready or not the time had come for the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel to pay their debt to their God.

‘Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When vintage time drew near he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his servants, thrashed one, killed another, and they stoned a third. Next he sent some more servants, this time a larger number, and they dealt with them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them. “They will respect my son” he said. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, “This is the heir. Come on, lit us kill him and take over his inheritance.” So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants? They answered, ‘He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will deliver the produce to him when the season arrives’. Matthew 22:33-41 (JB)

Note in the parable there is a beginning and an end, a planting and vintage (harvest). These reference points are consistent symbols used in parables and prophecy. Planting seed in spiritual terms is the teaching/learning process. God “gave the Law” to Moses, and Moses wrote all the words God spoke. Words are the seed and the people are the ground/soil. In the “vineyard” parable the people are the vineyard who have received the words of the Law.

Yes, the vineyard of Yahweh Sabaoth is the House of Israel, and the men of Judah that chosen plant. He expected justice, but found bloodshed, Integrity, but only a cry of distress. Isaiah 5:7 (JB)

The priests and scribes were responsible for the care of the vineyard/people. This is important to understand, if the evil one can corrupt and control the priests/preachers/shepherds/religious teachers he also has control of their flock/vineyard. The outcome for humanity is determined largely by the integrity of their spiritual authorities/leaders.
The harvest/vintage is the end/judgment. In the parable of the vineyard there we see two vintage/harvests. The Servants the prophets are sent at the first vintage time, and were not accepted by the religious authorities. This led to the first expulsion from the promised land, for both the northern and the southern kingdoms. When Israel returned to the promised land and received authorization to rebuild Jerusalem by the decree of Artaxerxes in 457 BCE (see Daniel chapter 9), Elohim did not plant more seed, They sent more servants, the prophets. These prophets were not accepted by the religious leadership any more than were the first.

John the Baptist gave warning that the time had come for harvest/judgment.

Then Jerusalem and all Judaea and the whole Jordan district made their way to him, and as they were baptized by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. But when he saw a number of Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism he said to them, ‘Brood of vipers, who warned you to fly from the retribution that is coming? Matthew 3:4-7 (JB)
His winnowing-fan is in his hand; he will clear his threshing-floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but the chaff he will burn in a fire that will never go out.’ Matthew 3:12 (JB)

John the Baptist’s message announced that the time for the judgment had arrived. The Messiah would soon appear to reward the righteous, and the wicked would receive their judgment; they would be consumed by fire (put to death). This would not be the final judgment or end of the world for humanity, but time had run out for the children of Israel; the kingdom would be taken away from them and given to those who would complete the requirements for restoration. Had the priests/shepherds of Israel performed their God given duty to the people this would have been the end of days, and sin would have been destroyed forever.
John the Baptist was questioned by the religious leadership concerning his authorization to be doing what he was doing.

This is how John appeared as a witness. When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ he not only declared, but he declared quire openly, ‘I am not the Christ/Messiah’. ‘Well then,’ they asked’ are you Elijah?’ ‘I am not’ he said. ‘Are you the Prophet?’ He answered, ‘No’. So they said to him, ‘Who are you? We must take back an answer to those who sent us. What have you to say about yourself?’ So John said, ‘I am as Isaiah prophesied: a voice that cries in the wilderness: Make a straight way for the Lord’! Now these men had been sent by the Pharisees, and they put this further question to him, ‘Why are you baptizing if you are not the Christ, and not Elijah, and not the prophet?’ John replied, ‘I baptize with water; but there stands among you -unknown to you- the one who is coming after me; and I am not fit to undo his sandal-strap’. This happened at Bethany, on the far side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The next day, seeing Jesus coming towards him, John said, ‘Look, there is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. This is the one I spoke of when I said: A man is coming after me who ranks before me because he existed before me. I did not know him myself, and yet it was to reveal him to Israel that I came baptizing with water.’ John also declared, ‘I saw the Spirit coming down on him from heaven like a dove and resting on him. I did not know him myself, but he who sent me to baptize with water had said to me, “The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is going to baptize with the Holy Spirit”. Yes, I have seen and I am the witness that he is the Chosen One of God.’ John 1:19-34 (JB)

John the Baptist was “sent” to baptize, he does not say who it was who sent him, but is was most likely an angel. He said, “I did not know him (Messiah) myself, but was told how to recognize him. It seems that this was all the information John the Baptist was given. He was not given a unique message. He stated that the Messiah would appear very soon and judge the Jews. He would establish himself upon the throne of David and subdue the nations.
It is interesting to me that the one who sent John the Baptist did not inform him that he was the Elijah who was prophesied in Malachi. We know that he was this ‘Elijah’, because the Son of God stated so (see page one Matthew 11). Apparently John the Baptist should have known who he was, other than a voice in the wilderness. It was this lack of understanding which caused him to later question whether Jesus was the expected Messiah, or should they be looking for another.

Now John in his prison had heard what Christ was doing and he sent his disciples to ask him, ‘Are you the one who is to come or have we got to wait for someone else?’ Matthew 11:2-3 (JB)

Here is what we know about John the Baptist. He was sent by a heavenly messenger to baptize with water, and was informed that the Messiah would be the one upon whom the Spirit of God would descend as a dove, and rest upon his forehead. We know that he was not a priest, scribe or member of the Sanhedrin. He had no theological or religious authority. It is also reasonable to suggest that the Elijah type prophet that will appear shortly before the end of days will have similar characteristics.
The disciples had serious questions about this man, Jesus, whom they were following. John the Baptist had questions about whether Jesus was the Messiah, or not. The scribes and experts on the Law of Moses were actively seeking to silence him, and even kill him if they got the chance. He had no rabbinical authority to teach. And he would make the most obtuse statements. For a time, none of his disciples were certain he was the Messiah, but stayed with him just in case he might. The scribes, those who were the last word as to prophetic truth, had cautioned the disciples about becoming to close to this ‘imposter’. They had pointed out that the Messiah would not appear until the coming of the prophet Elijah. John the Baptist had clearly stated that he was not the Elijah type prophet.

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him. Then Peter spoke to Jesus, ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son the Beloved; he enjoys my favor. ‘Listen to him.’ When they heard this, the disciples fell on their faces, overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them. ‘Stand up,’ he said, ‘do not be afraid.’ And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but only Jesus.
As they came down from the mountain Jesus gave them this order. ‘Tell no one about the vision until the Son of Man has risen from the dead’. And the disciples put this question to him. ‘Why do the scribes say then that Elijah has to come first?’ ‘True;’ he replied, ‘Elijah is to come to see that everything is once more as it should be; however, I tell you that Elijah has come already and they did not recognize him but treated him as they pleased; and the Son of Man will suffer similarly at their hands.’ The disciples understood then that he had been speaking of John the Baptist. Matthew 17:1-13 (JB)

Clearly the Son of Elohim did this to give proof that he was the Messiah. The appearance of Moses and Elijah represented the Law and the Prophets. The voice of the Father confirmed the fact that this man is His Son, and removed any doubt from the mind of the Peter, James, and John. Emboldened with this confirmation these three had the courage to ask their Master about the statement concerning the coming of Elijah. The answer they received may not have been exactly what they expected, but it was satisfactory. What I mean by this is that the Son of Elohim had stated that Elijah “is coming” and would restore (put things back in order) all things. He was saying that there would be an Elijah type prophet that would appear at the end of days, during the time of judgment and restoration.

The Son of Elohim, also the Lamb of the Father, the Son of Man, the Messiah, the Sower, Emanuel; also, a Prophet. Most of His parables were prophecies, and one of the most notable is the prophecy in Matthew 24 and 25. This prophecy was given in response to the question asked by His disciples concerning the sign of His coming and the end of the age (see Matthew 24:1-3). In this prophecy He reveals the appearance of a bond-servant (servant the prophet) who is “over the household” of the Master.

So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your Master is coming. But be sure of this that if the householder had known at what time of the night the burglar would come, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed anyone to break through the wall of his house. Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. ‘What sort of servant, then is faithful and wise enough for the Master to place him over His household to give them their food at the proper time? Happy that servant if his master’s arrival finds him at this employment. I tell you solemnly, He will place him over everything he owns. But as for the dishonest servant who says to himself, “My Master is taking His time”, and sets about beating his fellow servants and eating and drinking with drunkards, his Master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. The Master will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. Matthew 24:42-51 (JB)

This part of the prophecy foretells an individual who begins feeding his fellow bond-servants “their” food at the proper (set) time. The Master asks, “Who is faithful and wise enough to be placed over His household”. He is speaking of an individual who like John the Baptist, appears and starts feeding others. The “food” is the bread of life from the words (seed) spoken by the Sower and planted in the heart and mind of His ear-witness disciples who wrote down what their Master said. Elohim has promised to preserve their words until they have accomplished the purpose for which they were intended.

Yes, as the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth, making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do. Isaiah 55:10-11 (JB)
‘Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them. I tell you solemnly, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke, shall disappear from the Law until its purpose is achieved. Matthew 5:17-18 (JB)

I have said these things to you while still with you; but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you. John 14:25-26 (JB)

Elohim created the universe and everything in it. They have already judged the people of earth once, and saved the only righteous man on earth, and his family, through the flood. The psalmist writes, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament demonstrates His handiwork” (ps. 19:1). One would think that a God who is capable of these great wonders is surely able to preserve His words until they accomplish their purpose. If not, then Elohim is misleading us and we should have nothing to do with Them.

The Elijah who comes at the end of days will be prepared to help the lost sheep find the Good Shepherd. Like John the Baptist he will not be a priest, pastor, theologian, philosopher, religious teacher, or anyone who has received authority from men/women to teach, and certainly not ordained by men/women. Established religions have all been under the control of the god of this world from their beginning; just as were the scribes, priests and religious rulers of Israel. I am not saying that they will not be saved, I am sure some will.

If the Elijah who comes at the end of the age is here right now, would you be able to recognize him? If you read something that makes sense, but was not what your religious leaders were saying, would you continue to hold to the beliefs of your religious leaders, or would you be able to accept the truth? Just as the whole world was in darkness until the Son of Elohim came, so too is it today.

The great dragon the primeval serpent, known as the devil or Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Revelation 12:9 (NASB)

The dragon, the devil, the primeval serpent, has deceived the whole world. The faithful and wise bond-servant will recognize that he too had initially been deceived, and will begin to learn the truth. The sanctification process cleanses the participant of every lie they have in them, and upon completion of this cleansing there is no lie remaining in them.

And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless. Revelation 14:5 (NASB)
Behold I am coming quickly and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying Revelation 22:12-15 (NASB)

The faithful and wise bond-servant’s message will be the TRUTH. The source of his message will be the Law and Prophets, and the testimony of the Son of Elohim. Any teaching that differs from this is a lie. Please do not allow yourself to be deceived because it seems like the safe thing to do. The disciples did not stay where it felt safe. The OT prophets stuck their necks out and suffered for it from the religious establishment. Daniel’s three friends were thrown into a furnace. Standing for the truth is not a safe action, but it is the only action you can take to receive eternal life. Remember this, right now what you believe, worship and practice is based in lies. Listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd, follow the way of truth, complete the sanctification process. and become a faithful servant of Elohim.

Rick Sterling

Full Knowledge

One of my earliest recollections is climbing the outside steps on the
South-Eastern corner of the little white church where my dad was the pastor. These steps
terminated on a landing in front of a door which opened into a hallway behind
the sanctuary where the Sabbath-school rooms were. At the time I would have
been between two or three years old.
I vaguely remember memory snapshots of that little church, but I don’t remember
learning anything there. Every Sabbath I could recite the memory verse for that
week, and on the thirteenth Sabbath I could always recite all thirteen memory verse for
the quarter. I knew my dad talked about God, but I knew nothing more than that.
For as far back as I can remember God has always been a part of my life,
and I have interacted with God as I would with my parents. My mom and dad,
grand-parents, uncles, aunts, and cousins all recognized the reality of God in their
life too.
I attended “Church” school from 1st grade through 12th . Every year I was required to
take a bible class, and without much effort I always received an A grade; but for all the this
I didn’t know God. I was a leader in the Youth Sabbath school, and adult Sabbath school. I was
on a “Creation vs Evolution” debate team in the community college I attended. I represented the
“Creation” argument and our team prevailed over the
overconfident “Evolution” team.
Throughout my life God has always been real. I have prayed to Him, thanked Him
for my ‘daily bread’, asked Him for comfort and guidance; but I never knew
the whole truth about Him.
Almost twenty-four years ago I made a commitment to know the God who
had always been with me throughout my life. I prayed for wisdom, knowing that
only with true wisdom is one able to know the truth about God.

The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom; the knowledge of the Holy One
– perception indeed! Proverbs 9:10 (JB)

In Bible class I had learned that Solomon, king of Israel, was a very wise
man, probably the wisest man who ever lived. I learned that his great wisdom had
made him famous worldwide; but his great wisdom also led to his downfall; he was
corrupted by worldly fame and fortune.
I had often wondered what it would be like to have great wisdom, and if I
were to have wisdom (like that of Solomon) would I use it prudently. The above verse in
Proverbs gave me an insight, that is that the first step toward wisdom is to honor the Lord and
show reverence and respect for the Holy One. I asked God to teach me and through
this process so I could gain true wisdom. My teacher is the Holy Spirit, and an
awesome and wonderful Teacher She is. That’s right, I said She. If you are sincere
about learning from God, be prepared to have every one of your paradigms

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I have found throughout the Bible that God stresses the importance of a
willingness to learn the truth about Elohim. Elohim is the plural of El, El meaning
a singular God, Elohim is plural. Both singular and plural usage are found in
the Bible. I make this point in consideration as to whether there is One God (singular
being), or Gods (more than one being); whether there is one being with three
personifications, or separate beings acting in unison (for a complete explanation of
Elohim see my article “Elohim” on this Word Press site).
On or around 1437 BCE Elohim appeared in a fire, in the wilderness, in an
area around mount Horeb, ‘The Mountain of Elohim’. Moses, who was on that mountain, had no
knowledge of Elohim, which is why he asked Them for Their name (see Exodus 3:13). Neither
Moses nor the Hebrews had much if any knowledge about the God/Elohim of their
progenitors. The only gods they were familiar with were the gods of Egypt. Elohim
heard the voiced distress of the Hebrews and remembered the Covenant made with
Abraham four hundred years earlier.
Elohim began the process that would ultimately fulfill this promise.
Elohim would follow a lawful course, which required Pharaoh to willingly release
his claim of ownership of the Hebrew slaves. If Elohim had taken these people without
permission They/Elohim would have been known as thieves by the other countries around the area.
The reason Elohim waited four hundred years to give the land of the promise to the
children of Abraham was because the land belonged to other nations. If Elohim
had taken it from them without due process of Law They would have been unlawfully in taking
these lands away from these nations (Genesis 15:16).
Elohim led the children of Israel into the wilderness after They took them our of Egypt
in order to show them the plan and the processes involved needed to accomplish this plan. The
method Elohim used was visual and participatory. The three great Feasts (Holy convocations) were
designed to keep the memory of what Elohim had done alive, and show Israel what They would do to
ultimately end the reign of the ruler of the world, and destroy the rebellion that began in Eden.
The Passover demonstrated how this process began. Pentecost is the promise that binds the
Covenant of the Kingdom to Elohim. Atonement is that which consecrates the
people of the Promise to Elohim, those that have successfully completed the all the demands of
righteousness. Upon the completion of the demands of righteousness these people have proven themselves
Holy, and enter the Kingdom of Elohim. The children of Israel were given the
Tabernacle/Temple services as a method of learning through participation. Unfortunately, they never
learned. The children of Israel viewed the rigid participation as the only requirement for salvation,
and never learned the spiritual connection necessary to complete the process of Sanctification.
The Passover is a good example of a lesson lost in practice.

John 6:47-57 (NASB)  Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.  
I am the bread of life.  Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.  
This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.  
I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;
and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”  Then the Jews began
to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”  So Jesus said to
them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood,
you have no life in yourselves.  He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and
I will raise him up on the last day.  For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.
 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.  As the living
Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.
 This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats
this bread will live forever.”

At His baptism the Son of Elohim was presented by John the Baptist as the
“Lamb of Elohim”. Would the Jews have understood this statement, or did they understand?
The understanding comes from following the process from darkness to light, sin to righteousness,
lies to truth. The plan began when Elohim separated for themselves a people from the kingdom of
the world. The children of Israel were slaves in Egypt, and Elohim purchased them from the world
to make Them their kingdom.
The death decree was issued for all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, every firstborn
of the household, flock, and herd would be put to death by order of Elohim. The only way to avert
the execution of this order was either to pay this debt of death with their own life, or by
substituting the life of a perfect lamb, the Passover lamb. This lamb was to be put to death at
twilight on the 14th day of the first month. The blood of this lamb was to be placed on the door
post and lintel of the house, then the death angel would Passover that
household and the firstborn would not be executed. The flesh of this lamb was to be roasted
and eaten by all in the household, along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. The day before
the Passover the houses were to be “purified” of all yeast and corruption. Eating the flesh of
the unblemished lamb was to impart purity to body and spirit. When those in the house left Egypt
to follow Elohim into the wilderness they passed through the blood placed on the doorway that
ratified a blood covenant with Elohim, to love and obey Them, just as their progenitor Abraham
had done (see Genesis 15:7-21).

For centuries after this great exodus the children of Israel kept the Passover, but the
purpose that this Holy Convocation was foretelling was lost in translation.

‘Sir,’ They said ‘give us that bread always.’ Jesus answered: ‘I am the bread of life. He who

comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never thirst. But, as I have told you,
you can see me and still you do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and
whoever comes to me I shall not turn him away; because I have come from heaven, not to do my own will,
but to do the will of the one who sent me. John 6:34-38 (JB)

“I am the Bread of Life. Your fathers ate the manna in the desert and they are dead; but this is
the bread that comes down from heaven, so that a man may eat it and not die. I am the living bread
which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever; and the bread that

I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.” John 6:49-51 (JB)

In the midst of His teaching He referred to a statement in Isaiah saying this:

It is written in the prophets: They will all be taught by God, and to hear the teaching of the
Father, and learn from it, is to come to me. John 6:45 (JB)

Then the Jews started arguing with one another: ‘How can this man give us
his flesh to eat? They said. Jesus replied: ‘I tell you most solemnly, if you do
not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you will not have life
in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and
I shall raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is
real drink. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in
him. As I, who am sent by the living Father, myself draw life from the Father,
so whoever eats me will draw life from me. This is the bread come down from
heaven; not like the bread our ancestors ate: they are dead, but anyone who
eats this bread will live for ever.’ Jesus was aware that His followers
(disciples) were complaining about it and said, ‘Does this upset you? What if
you should wee the Son of Man ascend to where he was before? ‘It is the spirit
that gives life, the flesh has nothing to offer. The words I have spoken to you
are spirit and they are life. John 6:48-63 (JB)

Obviously, the Son of Elohim was using metaphorical words. The first and best
clue to this is verse 57; “As I Myself draw life from the Father, whoever “eats Me”
will draw life from Me. Death and dead is the main point in this teaching. We are
all under the death decree, as were all the firstborn in the land of Egypt. Fully following
the Passover instructions allowed the firstborn to have life (continue
living) and not be executed. The Passover participants were required to eat the
flesh of the Passover Lamb, in essence to draw life from it as an example of what
the actual Passover Lamb, the Lamb of God, would do for all who listened to His
teaching (words/testimony). The Son of Elohim was not commanding His
followers to literally eat His flesh, but to eat His words, for His words are spirit
and they are life. His disciples continued to have serious questions about the teaching of their
Teacher. If the disciples and the Jews had fully understood the meaning
of the great Feast of Passover they would have recognized the connection to
this teaching, as given by of the Son of the Elohim.
The whole world is in complete darkness. The lies fabricated by Satan are being
taught from pulpit and classroom. These lies are like fine wine to the believer, who with
dulled senses and a feeling of euphoria, swoon into the comforting arms of their faith. Truth,
the believer says, left this earth when Jesus went back to heaven.

So Pilate went back into the Praetorium and called Jesus to him, ‘Are you the
king of the Jews?’ he asked. Jesus replied, ‘Do you ask this of your own
accord, or have others spoken to you about me?’ Pilate answered, ‘Am I a
Jew? It is your own people and the chief priests who have handed you over to
me: what have you done?’ Jesus replied, ‘Mine is not a kingdom of this world;
if my kingdom were of this world, my men would have fought to prevent my
being surrendered to the Jews. But my kingdom is not of this kind (lit. from
here).’ ‘So you are a king then?’ Said Pilate. ‘It is you who say it’ answered
Jesus. ‘Yes I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to
bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my
voice.’ Truth? Said Pilate ‘What is that?’ John 18:33-38 (JB)

The only reliable source of truth is the testimony of the Son of Man/Son of
the Elohim, as written by His eyewitness disciples Matthew and John. Mark was
not one of the twelve, but he was associated with them afterward. The writing that
bears his name agrees with Matthew and John, and thus may be considered
trustworthy. When the Son of Man came to earth He was the light which came into
complete darkness, this light was the truth. The darkness hates the light, His light,
and tried to dismiss it as nonsense. The theologians told the people that Jesus had no
authority to teach. Even some His disciples continued to have serious doubts about Him on
the final day at Galilee where He would leave them and return to His Father.

Meanwhile the eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus
had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him,
though some hesitated. Matthew 28:16-17 (JB)

“If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and
make our home with him. Those who do not love me do not keep my words.
And my word is not my own; it is the word of the one who sent me. I have said
these things to you while still with you; but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind
you of all I have said to you.” John 14:23-26 (JB)

Think about this; If the reason for the Son of the Elohim
coming to earth was to testify to the truth, then why is His testimony not the
foundation of Christian belief, and the Christian church? The foundation of Christian
belief is based upon the teaching of Saul/Paul. Saul/Paul gives only one reason for the
purpose for Christ, it was to die and be resurrected so salvation could be opened to
Gentiles as well as the Jews. This, like all of Pauline teaching, is a blasphemous lie
because salvation has always been open to Gentiles from the very beginning. Paul’s
words are the bad seeds planted in the field where the Son of Man planted His good seed.
They have been allowed to grow together until the harvest. The harvest is the time of judgment;
When the judgment comes upon the world what words do you want to be in you? The words of
life spoken by the Son of the Elohim, or the words of death from Satan as give through
Paul. Paul’s protégé Luke was not a disciple of the Son of Man. He did not hear the testimony
of Jesus first hand, and therefore Luke was not familiar the teaching of Jesus. Luke was a convert
of Paul, and Luke’s writings support and uphold Pauline teaching. Neither Paul nor Luke, or any of
Paul’s converts knew Elohim or the truth; lies in support of lies.
John the Baptist appeared out of nowhere. He was not a priest, theologian, or
religious teacher. He had some knowledge of the Law and prophets, but apparently
only that which he personally researched, because of an experience he had had.

The next day, seeing Jesus coming towards him, John said, ‘Look, there is the
Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. This is the one I spoke of
when I said: A man is coming after me who ranks before me because he
existed before me. I did not know him myself, and yet it was to reveal him to
Israel that I came baptizing with water.’ John also declared, ‘I saw the Spirit
coming down on him from heaven like a dove and resting on him. I did not
know him myself, but he who sent me to baptize with water had said to me,
“The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is
going to baptize with the Holy Spirit”. Yes I have seen and I am the witness
that he is the Chosen One of God.’ John 1:29-34 (JB)

Here John the Baptist twice states, “I did not know Him myself”. Is it any
wonder that John the Baptist did not know what he was to say to “prepare the
way”. When he was asked if he was the promised Elijah, or “the Prophet”, or the Messiah
he answered no to all. Yet the Messiah told His disciples that John the Baptist was
the promised Elijah, if they were willing to accept it (see Matthew 17:12-13).
The Son of the Elohim foretells of another Elijah type prophet who will
come, he will make sure that everything is as it should be (restore all things). This
future prophet must know the Elohim. It stands to reason that this person will not
come from the theological establishment. The religious authorities today are in the
same condition as those at the time of the coming of the Messiah; Practicing the
long-held traditions of men. Paul’s spurious gospel of grace has overwhelmed the
testimony of the Son of Man.
I have heard many people question why Elohim has not come yet; what are
They waiting for, or are They coming back at all? The Elohim are waiting for the same
reason they have been waiting throughout their long history of interaction with
humanity; that is, People who have studied the words of truth They have sent through Their
servants the prophets and the testimony of their Son Emanuel. These are people who will
learn and how the truth, and also promise to keep the Covenant of the Kingdom of the Heavens,
who will honor the “great commission” from their King, the mandate to go to all nations and
instruct the people to obey all that the Son of Elohim commanded (Matthew 28:19-20).

Rick Sterling