Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the
great and dreadful day of the Lord: 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. Mal. 4:5, 6.
Those who are to prepare the way for the second coming of Christ are
represented by faithful Elijah, as John came in the spirit of Elijah
to prepare the way for Christ's first advent. The work of John the
Baptist, and the work of those who in the last days go forth in the
spirit and power of Elijah to arouse the people from their apathy,
are in many respects the same. His work is a type of the work that
must be done in this age. Christ is to come the second time to judge
the world in righteousness.
John separated himself from friends and from the luxuries of life.
The simplicity of his dress, a garment woven of camel's hair, was
a standing rebuke to the extravagance and display of the Jewish priests,
and of the people generally. His diet, purely vegetable, of locusts
and wild honey, was a rebuke to the indulgence of appetite and the
gluttony that everywhere prevailed. ... The great subject of reform
is to be agitated, and the public mind is to be stirred. Temperance
in all things is to be connected with the message, to turn the people
of God from their idolatry, their gluttony, and their extravagance
in dress and other things.
The self-denial, humility, and temperance required of the righteous,
whom God especially leads and blesses, is to be presented to the people
in contrast to the extravagant, health-destroying habits of those
who live in this degenerate age. God has shown that health reform
is as closely connected with the third angel's message as the hand
is with the body.
As John the Baptist . . . called their attention to the Ten Commandments,
so we are to give, with no uncertain sound, the message: "Fear
God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come."
With the earnestness that characterized Elijah the prophet and John
the Baptist, we are to strive to prepare the way for Christ's second
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