Does Elijah still have a future ministry to carry out? And, if so, what will it be?
I want to conclude this study on the faith of Elijah by reminding you that the ministry of Elijah is not finished. The Old Testament ends with a prophecy that Elijah will return to this earth before the Day of the Lord, that is, before the Second Coming of Jesus. I believe Elijah will be one of the two great witnesses which the book of Revelation chapter 11 says will be sent by God to call the world to repentance during the first three and a half years of the Tribulation. Bible prophecy experts generally agree that Elijah will be one of those witnesses.
They disagree over the identity of the second witness. Some argue he will be Moses, because he performs miracles similar to those of Moses. Also, Moses and Elijah were the ones who appeared at the Transfiguration of Jesus.
The second witness could very well be Moses, but I think it is more likely that he will be Enoch. Both Enoch and Elijah were raptured to Heaven without experiencing death. Both were prophets, but there was a difference between them. Enoch was a Gentile. Elijah was a Jew. And, it seems appropriate to me that the Lord would supply both Gentile and Jewish voices to call the world to repentance during the Great Tribulation.
Elijah had a great ministry during Old Testament times. His ministry continues today because his message is so relevant to our day and time. But, his greatest ministry is still in the future when he will return to help prepare the way for the Second Coming of the Messiah. His message then will be the same as it was in Old Testament times, and the same as it is today. The Scriptures say, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If Jehovah is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”
A choice must be made, for there is only one road to the one and only true God. Jesus put it this way. He said: “I am the Way, I am the Truth, I am the Life; no one comes to the Father but through me.” Put aside the false gods of your life. Embrace Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and He will lead you into a personal relationship with the one and only true God.