This is my two hundred and seventeenth monthly teaching letter and begins my nineteenth year of publication. In the last letter, WTL #216, I brought up the subject of THE ELIJAH MINISTRY at Malachi 4:5-6, which I will quote again because of its GREAT IMPORTANCE:
“5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of Yahweh: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
To understand the Elijah Message to a greater degree, I am going to cite an excellent article entitled “Elijah the Tishbite” that first appeared in the July 1947 Destiny Magazine, later packaged into a 1947 Yearbook, pp. 232-238, written by Howard B Rand. However, I am going to include my own critical notes, edit out terms like “Jehovah” in favor of the true name “Yahweh” and other labels that are more fitting.
ELIJAH THE TISHBITE, Part #1, by Howard B. Rand
Edited by Clifton A Emahiser
“The birth, life and history of many of the men whose activities are recorded in the Sacred Record are prophetic of things to come. As an illustration, the ‘time of Jacob’s trouble,’ to which Jeremiah refers (Jer. 30:7), defines a period in the experience of the people of Israel in the last days and is a description of the troubles which would overtake them as the age draws to its close. But this period of trouble has its pattern in the difficulties Jacob himself experienced during his lifetime and this is the specific reason it is called the ‘time of Jacob’s trouble.’
[CAE Note: Here Rand is absolutely correct, and we should really read Jer. 30:1-12:
“1 The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying, 2 Thus speaketh Yahweh Almighty of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. 3 For, lo, the days come, saith Yahweh, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith Yahweh: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. 4 And these are the words that Yahweh spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. 5 For thus saith Yahweh; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. 6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? 7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. 8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith Yahweh of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: 9 But they shall serve the Yahweh their Almighty, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them. 10 Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith Yahweh; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid. 11 For I am with thee, saith Yahweh, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished. 12 For thus saith Yahweh, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous.”] Back to Rand –