What is the revelation of the Son of Man?
At face value, it seems that the ministry of Elijah is in no way connected to the ministry of the Son of Man. Yet, let’s take a minute to review several points. The first point I wish to look at is the title “Son of Man.” This, of course, is widely known as a title of Jesus Christ or what Bible scholars might call a Messianic title. In Daniel 7:13 there is a vision of the Son of Man coming with the clouds of heaven. During his trial, Jesus quotes this to the High Priest and it caused them to tear their clothes and cry out blasphemy. However, it is not merely a Messianic title. The Son of Man IS indeed Jesus Christ, but I want you to see a little deeper into what the title actually refers to. Let’s look at several instances.
Psalms 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
We see a distinction between man, whom God is mindful of and the son of man, whom God personally visits with his presence. It is also a title given to Ezekiel by God and repeated over 90 times. Here is one example;
Ezekiel 13:2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD;
The title “Son of Man” is connected to the prophetic ministry and the visitation of God’s personal presence. Not only that, but we see that it is a Messianic title. To be specific it refers to the prophetic aspect of the ministry of the Messiah. When Jesus referred to himself as “the Son of Man” it was a reference to himself as a prophet. He was recognized as a prophet when he told people the secrets of their lives.
The Messianic Sign
John 4:17-19 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
John 4:25-26 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
He told her with complete accuracy the details of her past and current situation without ever knowing her personally. This caused her to realize something supernatural was taking place and she cried out you are a prophet. This was the revelation of the Son of Man. Next, he continued to speak with her and then she identified him as the Messiah. Nathanael did the same when the prophetic gift to see into people’s lives was manifested.
John 1:47-49 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! 48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. 49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
Jesus was a prophet and as such he had a prophetic gift of visions. He could see, by vision, things in people’s lives. While Jesus was miles and miles away he “saw”, by vision, Philip calling Nathanael, while Nathanael sat under a fig tree. This prophetic utterance caused Nathanael to recognize that Jesus was the Messiah! This is why we refer to the visions resulting in seeing into people’s lives as the “Messianic sign.” It is the revelation of the Son of Man.
Luke 17:22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
The Days of the Son of Man
Here we read Jesus using the terminology “the days of the Son of Man.” What does this phrase mean? Days explicitly refers to a period of time. Jesus tells his disciples that it will come to pass in the future that you will long to see one of the days of the Son of man and you won’t. He is referring to the fact that his ministry will end, he will be crucified, raised from the dead and ascend to heaven to intercede for them. The title Son of Man refers to the prophetic ministry. He is saying they will long to see that ministry, but they won’t. They will long to see the revelation of the Son of Man, but it won’t come in their lifetime. Please don’t forget, we are on the way to tying to together Luke 17 and Malachi 4. This is all a part of laying the foundation.
Luke 17:23-24 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. 24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
This is a solemn warning that the Son of Man revelation will not be in some secret place, hidden away. It will be a worldwide phenomenon that spreads openly around the globe. Remember, he just said “days of the Son of Man” and therefore connecting this event with a period of time, not an immediate event. Lightning is an immediate and sudden event. Many, many people refer to this Scriptures as the physical return of Jesus to the earth. How is it possible? Jesus is one man. Imagine if he was to come like lightning in one area on the earth? Only that immediate area would see it. If there is lightning in Istanbul, Turkey, can you see it in New York City? Even if there is lightning in New York City you cannot see it from Philadelphia which is just 90 miles away. It would take many, many years for Jesus to physically criss-cross ever section of the planet to be seen. This is not what this verse is referring to. It is referring to the prophetic ministry of the Son of Man. Jesus is referencing the aspect of lightning that it is easily observable and it is not hidden in a secret place. It will be a worldwide phenomenon. He is not using lightning to refer to it as an instantaneous event.
The Days of Noah
Luke 17:25-27 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. 26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
How long of a period of time were the “days of Noah”? During the preparation of the ark, he preached and this process took 120 years. Could the “days of the Son of Man” last 120 years? I don’t say it will, but it is possible. The days of the Son of Man is clearly a reference to a period of time and not an immediate and sudden cataclysmic event. Rather, it is a period of time leading up to and including the destruction of the earth by fire. The days of Noah are paralleled to the days of the Son of Man. So, what kind of things took place during the days of Noah? The imagination of the thoughts of the heart of man was only evil continually. They were given over to idolatry, polygamy, bisexuality and every other perversion. At the same time, there was an elected group. There was a prophet preaching a message to repent and to get into the Ark. There was a warning given by the preaching of Noah. As it was in the days of Noah so shall it be in the days of the Son of Man. There will (actually, has been) be a prophetic ministry that warns the world. But it will be in the form of the Son of Man. Does that mean that the man Christ Jesus will return back to earth with a prophetic ministry giving warning to the earth? I do not believe so. Jesus Christ has been at work in his Church in Spirit form via his intercessory work at the throne of God. This second manifestation of the Son of Man will be in Spirit form. But to do so he will have to use flesh.
The Days of Lot
Luke 17:28-30 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Here we have the days of Lot as a parallel. So, what happened in the days of Lot. The people went on in life like judgment was not coming, same as the days of Noah. They had no idea; they were not even warned in Sodom, just Lot and his family were warned. There was homosexual and bisexual perversion among the people. They didn’t care for neighbors, guests or anyone. They wanted to violate anything that moved, especially men. Two angels, messengers sent from God, visited Lot and his family to bring them out of Sodom. But while this took place Abraham was completely out of Sodom, and Yahweh himself came to him in human flesh. He even revealed the thoughts of the heart of Sarah, just as Jesus did to the woman at the well. It was a revelation of the Son of Man back in those days. Jesus said it would repeat at the end time when the Son of Man is revealed. The word revealed is apokalupto, and it means to uncover or unveil. We bring it back to the visitation of the personal presence of God and the prophetic gift to reveal the secrets of the heart. Before the judgment strikes, there will be a revelation of the Son of man that is during a period of time; it is witnessed openly and around the world. It involves preaching a warning of judgment and the prophetic gift of discernment of the thoughts and intents of the heart. This has already taken place through the ministry of William Branham and is a continuing work through the Bride of Christ around the world. Brother William Branham’s ministry preached a warning to the world, and it came with visions that revealed the secrets of people’s lives and was done so infallibly. That was the Son of Man in Spirit form revealing himself once again. For the world the only thing left is fire.
2 Peter 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
The heavens being on fire and the elements melting with a fervent heat is the form that the end time judgment takes just before the millennial reign of Christ as Son of David.
Let’s review Malachi 4 so that we can see this clear connection.
A Man in the Spirit of Elijah
Malachi 4:1-6 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. 4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 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.
We start out in Malachi 4:1 with the earth burning as an oven and all the proud and wicked being burnt up. This is a clear connection to the day of the Lord when the “heavens being on fire shall be dissolved.” This is the promise to the wicked, but to the just the promise is that the Sun of righteousness will arise for them and they shall go forth free. The just are promised deliverance and the wicked are promised the fiery judgment of God. And the just are even given the promise that they will walk out alive upon the ashes of the wicked. A hiding place will be given to those that fear the name of the LORD.
Verse four tells us to remember the law of Moses. Why? The Jews were told to remember the law of Moses. The New Testament gives us the proper place of the Law of Moses. It is a schoolmaster to lead us to Christ. It is the law of sin and death because we are carnal, sold under sin. The law is holy and just and good. The law was ordained to life but is found to be death unto me. By the law is the knowledge of sin. We are told to remember the Law of Moses because it points us to our need for Jesus Christ, it also gives us the pattern for what a prophet is and is the moral compass to reveal to us the nature of God.
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As we have covered in other posts this is a two-fold fulfillment. John the Baptist turns the hearts of the fathers to the children. In the end time, a prophet in the spirit of Elijah will turn the hearts of the children to their fathers. This is the ministry of restoration that Jesus spoke about in Matthew 17, restoration back to the original faith of the apostles that was lost through the orthodox churches into the dark ages. Then coming out of the dark ages was the Reformation that gradually restored the faith.
We are informed that God will send Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the LORD. The great and dreadful day of the LORD is when the earth will be burned up and the righteous will walk out on the ashes of the wicked. This did not happen in the days of John the Baptist. This is why in John 1:21 John denies being Elijah, but in Matthew 11:14 Jesus says that John the Baptist was Elijah. John the Baptist is not the complete fulfillment of Elijah, only a partial fulfillment. But the total fulfillment will be in the end time before the earth is burnt.
It says that Elijah will come BEFORE the day of the LORD. He will have a ministry for a period of time before the earth is burnt. He is sending Elijah “lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” The word “lest” is the Hebrew word “pane” and it means “removal; used only (in the constructive) adverbially as conjugation lest.” Therefore, Elijah is being sent to remove or specifically to prevent the earth being smitten with a curse. What curse is coming upon the world? It will be burnt with fire and the wicked destroyed.
The ministry of Elijah in the last days is to act as a warning. Since it is a warning to the world then we understand that within it there is grace. God is literally offering grace to the world one more time. There are many who say that Elijah will only come to the Jewish nation. However, is it just Israel and Jerusalem that God is going to destroy on the day of the LORD? No, it certainly is not. It is the whole earth and all the Gentile nations that will be smitten with the curse. If God is going to send Elijah as a warning he will be coming to the Gentiles.
This Elijah is not coming to smite the earth with a curse. He is coming to offer the grace of God by preventing the earth from being smitten by a curse. The Elijah of Revelation 11 is smiting the earth with all sorts of curses. Elijah of Malachi 4 coincides perfectly with the preacher of righteousness during the days of Noah. A warning and offer of grace prior to the judgment. This returns during the days of the Son of Man at the end time. Therefore, the prophet that proclaims and manifests the ministry of the Son of Man in the last days will be an Elijah that goes to the Gentiles. In fact, this has already been fulfilled by a man that went forth in the spirit of Elijah, a sinner saved by grace, Brother William Branham.
The days of the Son of Man corresponds to the time period that Elijah brings the message of warning and grace to the world. This message continues on through the five-fold ministry around the world. It is the man in the spirit of Elijah that is used as the means to reveal the Son of Man. The prophet, William Branham, is definitely not the Son of Man, but the Son of Man, in Spirit form, uses him to reveal himself to the world. According to the Bible, it is to prevent the world from being burnt. If the world would have accepted the message he brought it could have bypassed the fiery judgment and went straight to the kingdom of God. But the world has rejected this message and thus it will be burnt.
So, is it possible that the Malachi 4 Elijah ministry is connected to the events of Luke 17:22-30 and the revelation of the Son of Man?
Yes, it most definitely is related. We have seen this ministry and the work of God. The world has rejected it and said this is not possibly a biblical event, but to the elected, God himself has been unveiled to us in Spirit form.