E-40 What kind of baby ought this to be that was born from his mother's womb, the Bible said, full of the Holy Ghost? He was a Holy Ghost preacher. That's right.
And when he came out... When he was about nine years old, we're taught that he went into the wilderness. He was anointed with the spirit of Elijah, acted like him, looked like him, little old frail looking fellow, bald-headed, piece of goods wrapped around him like this, and a camel skin around him, and a leather girdle around his loins. But when he came out of the wilderness of Judaea, he preached a message that stirred all the regions. God, give us some more Baptists like that. Amen. Yes, sir. Come out with an old hairy trousers on, not with his collar turned around in the back, and fried chicken twice a day, and had to have a hundred dollar salary a week before he preached. He come out anointed with the Holy Ghost. Hallelujah.
ONLY ONE TRUE LIVING CHURCH. ERIE, PA 51-0727
E-79 And Angels are sent from His Presence, ministering spirits, sent from the Presence of God. Do you understand, brother, that God never takes His Spirit from the earth? God takes His man, but never His Spirit.
God taken Elijah, but the spirit of Elijah come upon Elisha. And then several hundred years later, it come out on John the Baptist, the same spirit, made him act the same way. And then it's prophesied, that it'll be here again in the last days. See? God takes His man, but His Spirit remains. He taken His Son, but His Spirit stayed on earth, the Holy Spirit. He sent It back to the earth to live among mankind. Are you conscious of that? You are. [A man says, "Yes, I am. I believe that."--Ed.] You believe that? ["I believe that."--Ed.]
PATMOS VISION. JEFF. IN ROJC 69-130 60-1204E
242 Now, notice, before Jesus returns to the earth... Now, this is a little ahead of time, but the Spirit of Elijah will return back to the earth and turn the hearts of the children back to the fathers. The Bible said so. Jesus saw him here; the apostles saw him here, the order of the coming of the Son of man glorified. He's to be glorified and coming back. The first thing, before they saw Him, was what? Elijah. Then what? Moses; Israel returning yonder, the law-keepers, and then the glorified Son of man. Hallelujah. Do you see the order of His coming? The Spirit of Elijah, or the witness of the last church age (See?), coming in power to manifest Him.
SEVENTY WEEKS OF DANIEL. JEFF.IN 61-0806
145 Now, we find out in this age... There's the stars; we have it there. We have a star messenger; we have a person, a--a message that goes forth to the age, a people to reject it, a people to receive it. And the messenger of this age was to come in the power of Elias. That's right. And he was to restore the faith of the children back to the fathers, bring the Pentecostal remnant that's left back to the true apostolic faith.
Now, the true apostolic faith, if you'll read it in the Book of Acts, you'll find that there was never one time one person ever baptized in the name of Father, Son, Holy Ghost. There was never one of them ever sprinkled. There was none of this stuff that we have going on today called Pentecost, that ever happened back there. They had true manifestations and the Spirit of God among them that was infallibly the Son of God working with them. This person that was to come forth--this Message, rather, that was to come forth was to be like Elijah. Elijah was to come three times. Now, you say, "That John the Baptist was that guy." If you'll notice Jesus said it was--John the Baptist was the messenger of Malachi 3, not Malachi 4. "Behold, I send My messenger before My face..." I think Matthew 11:6. Right down along in there you'll find it, Matthew the 11th chapter.
147 Now, but in this last days there's to come a Spirit of Elijah amongst the people, and he's to do the same thing that they did back there. His nature would be the same thing, the nature of the church; the nature of the--the person would be exactly the same thing. And that Message going out trying... He'd be hated by the people. He'd hate women: ornery ones anyhow, bad ones; love the wilderness; moody, upset guy all the time like Elijah was and like John was. And we've seen all this thing come to pass. If we've had the Message, we see Christ rejected. He has to belong to one of these organizations or you can't get into them. So He's--He's throwed on the outside. See? Christ can't work among them.
VOICE OF THE SIGN. BEAUMONT, TX 64-0313
E-34 And look at Elijah. He condemned all them painted-faced Jezebels of his day, them immoral women. What did John do? The same thing to Herodias. Both of them, was the cause of their death. Look at Elijah. After he'd done that great work, he'd get moody, laid out there and prayed for God to take him. John did the same. Even laid there, and sent His disciples over and said, "Go ask Him is He the One, or do we look for another?"
Jesus knew that. He was Elijah. That had to be his nature. He was identified exactly as Elijah was. He was in the spirit of Elijah. It's to come five times, that spirit is, to be used. Elijah, Elisha, John, and Malachi 4, and then to the Jews in the last days we're in tonight, the spirit of Elijah.