In the previous article, we have seen the relation between John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. John the Baptist came as Elijah to prepare the way for the Lord and he testified Jesus as Lord God who would come for the forgiveness of sins and salvation.
However, even though the prophecies of Elijah were partially accomplished by the coming of John the Baptist, the complete fulfillment of the prophecies did not happen at that time. If we look at the prophecies closely, the true fulfillment of the prophecies was reserved for the last day.
The Time of Appearance of Elijah
In the Book of Malachi, we can see the prophecies of Elijah’s coming to prepare the way for the Lord and to turn the hearts of people to God. But it also testifies about the time frame when the prophecies are to be fulfilled.
Malachi 4:1 “Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty.
Malachi 4:3 “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.
According to the prophecies above, the period is just before the total destruction with fire on the great and dreadful day of the Lord. Before everything is to be destroyed with fire, God is going to send Prophet Elijah to turn the hearts of people to God so that they could return to God for salvation. This shows that Elijah would come just before the total destruction with fire, that is, just before the Day of Judgment to save the children of God.
Who is Elijah?
Also, through the name Elijah, we can see that John the Baptist did not fulfill the prophecies completely. The name Elijah is a combination of “Eli” and “Jah”, which respectively means “God” and “Jehovah”. This means the true fulfillment of the prophecies must be accomplished by God Jehovah himself. He must appear as Prophet Elijah just before the Day of Judgment and He will fulfill the missions of Elijah: preparing the way for the Lord and turning the hearts of people to God.
This explanation is a little bit strange. God is coming to prepare the way of God? Does it mean there are two Gods, the one who comes before to prepare the way and the other who comes after as Lord to give salvation? This seems to be odd in the perspective of most Christians who believe there are only one God in heaven, God the Father.
Two Images of God: Male and Female
This is a very serious question we have to ask to understand the meaning of the prophecies. Is there only one God or more than one? Actually the bible says there are two images of God: God the Father and God the Mother. In the original Hebrew version of the Old Testament God is referred to as Elohim for 2500 times in the bible. “Elohim” is the plural form of God in Hebrew, which means “Gods”, rather than God. In short, God is Gods, Father and Mother, not just one God the Father.
Briefly we can see this through God’s creation of man in Genesis. According to Genesis, when God created man, God used himself as model for man. Even though God is invisible and we cannot know the image of God, since man was given the image of God, we can understand the image of God through man who was created after the image of God.
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, …. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
There is something strange in the verse above. Rather than using a singular form such as “me” or “my”, God is referring to himself through the plural form, “us” and “our”. But then why? We can find the answer through man who God created with his own image. Man has two images, male and female, or Adam and Eve. Through the creation of man, we can conclude that God has two images too, male and female, that is, God the Father and God the Mother.
God the Father and God the Mother
Now we can understand the mystery of Elijah (who is God) coming as messenger to prepare the way for God. The prophecy is about God the Father (Elijah or God Jehovah) who is coming to prepare the way of God the Mother in the last day to save God’s people.
Actually, this was already foreshadowed in the creation of Adam and Eve. As we know Adam represents God the Father (Rom 5:14). Then who does Eve the wife of Adam represent? God the Mother. The creation of Adam and Eve on the sixth day has some hidden prophetical meaning in it. In the prophetical term, one day is equivalent to one thousand years. (2Pe 3:8) Therefore, the six-day creation actually represents the six-thousand years of God’s salvation work.
According to the plan of God, on the last day, that is, the sixth day, Adam and Eve would appear to lead the animals. The prophetical meaning of this is that at the end of the six thousand year’s salvation work the prophetical Adam and Eve would appear to lead the Gentiles to salvation who are represented as animals. (1Co 15:45)
Elijah Ahnsahnghong and God the Mother
All these prophecies got fulfilled by Christ Ahnsahnghong. Christ Ahnsahnghong came as Elijah and testified about the one who was to come after him, God the Mother. Just as Adam who represents Christ or God the Father testified about Eve (God the Mother) by calling her “the mother of all the living”, (Gen 3:20) Father Ahnsahnghong revealed Heavenly Mother New Jerusalem through the heavenly wedding banquet as the one who gives eternal life.
This all happened to fulfill the prophecies of the revelation. It says:
Revealtion 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
This prophecy says that the water of life or “eternal life” would be given by the Spirit (God the Father) and the Bride (God the Mother). By the fulfillment of all the prophecies of the Bible we can say Christ Ahnsahnghong is the Elijah who was to come and God the Mother is the Lord we have to receive for salvation.