Will Jesus' return be similar to John The Baptist's return as Elijah?


Literal Signs the Jews were waiting  for, in regard to the first coming

Spiritual Fulfillment of these Signs

The Messiah will arise out of an unknown city.            

John 1:46, John7:27

(He did not literally arise from an unknown city in Israel)

Although He came from Nazareth, which was a known place, He also came from Heaven. His body was born of Mary, but His Spirit came from Heaven, which is unknowable on earth.*

He shall come with a sword of steel, and with a scepter of iron shall He rule.    

Isaiah 66:16

(He never literally carried a sword or sceptor)

The sword He carried was the sword of His tongue, with which He divided the good from the evil, the true from the false, the faithful from the unfaithful, and the light from the darkness. His Word was indeed a sharp sword! *

He shall sit upon the throne of David and be a ruler over Israel.           

Psalms 132:1, Psalms of Solomon 17:21-32, 

1 Enoch 69 , Micah 5:2

(Jesus did not sit on the literal throne of any earthly king.)

The Throne upon which He sat is the Eternal Throne from which Christ reigns for ever, a heavenly throne, not an earthly one, for the things of earth pass away but heavenly things pass not away. *

Jesus the Christ (Yehoshua) did not literally rule over Israel.

He shall fulfill the law of the Prophets.

Exodus 31:16-17, Deut 4:2, Matt 5:38-42,  Matt 19: 7-9

(He did not reinforce the same laws of the  prophets in the way they expected)

The Jews were upset that Jesus "changed" the laws of fasting, divorce, the Sabbath, and circumcision. They thought he would come and tell them to keep doing all the same things they were used to doing.  He re-interpreted, updated, and completed the Law of Moses and fulfilled the Law of the Prophets. *

He shall conquer the East and the West.

Zechariah 8:7

(While on earth he did not literally conquer any land, east or west)

His word conquered the East and the West. His Kingdom is everlasting. Not conquered by a sword! *

He shall glorify His chosen people = The Jews.              

Amos 9: 14-15

(The Jews were not literally glorified)

He exalted those Jews who recognized Him. They were men and women of humble birth, but contact with Him made them great and gave them everlasting dignity. The chosen people refers to anyone on earth who recognizes his station. *

He shall bring with Him a reign of peace, during which even the animals shall cease to be at enmity with man. For behold the wolf and the lamb shall drink from the same spring, and the lion and the doe shall lie down in the same pasture, the serpent and the mouse shall share the same nest, and all God's creatures shall be at rest.  

Isaiah 6:16 & 65:25

(non of these things literally happened)

The animals who were to live with one another signified the different sects and races, who,once having been at war, were now to dwell in love and charity, drinking together the water of life from Christ the Eternal Spring. Those who recognize his station and practice his teachings will have an inner reign of peace. *

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: behold, the young woman shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:6 ...and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 62:2

And the nations shall see thy triumph, and all kings thy glory; and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall mark out.

The Jews were expecting the Messiah's name to be Immanuel, not Yeshua (Jesus). But Immanuel means "God with us." Therefore, Jesus fulfilled the expectation in a symbolic, not literal, way. His name was not literally any of the words Isaiah described in 9:6. Christ symbolically fulfilled these titles.

At the same time, the Jews were supposed to be expecting a new name, maybe "The Immanuelites." But to be called "Christians" was(and still is) too much of a change for them. They like being called Jews and they are happy with their usual customs / rituals.

Likewise, Christians will have a great mental struggle (tribulation) when the time comes to accept a new name and to change customs  /  rituals.

2: Kings 2:1

And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.  

2 Kings 2:11

And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.



Malachi 4:5

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.

The Jews were expecting Elijah (Elias) to come in his chariot of fire from heaven, to get people ready for the Messiah, but this did not literally happen.

John 1:19 And this is the record of John(The Baptist), when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? 1:20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 1:21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.

Jesus tells the disciples that John the Baptist is Elijah in Matt 11:14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.

Matt 17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
Matt 17:12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 17:13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Now let us apply this same logic to Christ's Return.  Jesus tells us how to interpret the return of Elijah(who also ascended to heaven like Christ.)      This would mean we have to consider the strong possibility that when Christ (the anointed one) returns, he too may come(or may have came) in the "spirit and power" of Jesus, but like Elijah, will have a new name and body...!!??

According to the Jews, Jesus the Christ fulfilled none of these conditions, for their eyes were holden=(fixed on the idea that these words have to be literally fulfilled in order to be true) and they could not see. Thus the Jews thought and spoke, for they did not understand the Scriptures nor the glorious truths that were contained in them. The letter they knew by heart, but of the life-giving spirit they understood not a word.

Thus, all the spiritual prophecies concerning the coming of Christ were fulfilled, but the Jews shut their eyes that they should not see, and their ears that they should not hear, and the Divine Reality of Christ passed through their midst unheard, unloved and unrecognized.

It is easy to read the Holy Scriptures, but it is only with a clean heart and a pure mind that one may understand their true meaning. Let us ask God's help to enable us to understand the Holy Books. Let us pray for eyes to see and ears to hear, and for hearts that long for peace.

 *Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, (pg. 54-56)

We also must look at the prophecies about Christ's second coming the same way we want the Jews to understand the Spiritual fulfillment of his first coming. If not, we are likely to miss it and have thousands of years of personal tribulations . ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ?

We are all the leaves of one branch and fruits of one tree.

The first sign of faith is LOVE.