Second Coming- Jesus interprets its true meaning
I understand that it was written in the scriptures that before arrival of Messiah or Moshiach, Prophet Elijah will descend from heavens.
I find mention of Elijah in the Christian OT with following reference:-
1 When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. (2 Kings 2:2)
11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. (2 Kings 2:11)
5 “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.” (Malachi 4:5 or in some versions 3:24”
The Jewish people had not been accepting any claimants of the office of Moshiach even from amongst their own people, and waiting for his success or otherwise for rejecting him instead of accepting and supporting the truthful claimant .They were just to ask the question; has Elijah descended from the heavens before your arrival?
This would have saved them from a continuous wait position at least. The Jewish People are not to judge the Moshiach; Moshiach is to judge them according to the tradition.
The Jewish people of the time of Jesus knew the importance of this question and asked it, and a reply was given by Jesus, that should be referred to.
The Jewish people, undoubtedly, were waiting for a Messiah to be a human being – without any overtone of deity or divinity – who will bring about certain changes in the world and fulfill certain criteria before he can be acknowledged as a ” Messiah” and the present day Christians put before the Jewish people a super natural deity or God which is not acceptable to the Jewish people alright.
11 But he answering, said to them: Elias indeed shall come, and restore all things. 12 But I say to you, that Elias is already come, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they had a mind. So also the Son of man shall suffer from them. 13 Then the disciples understood, that he had spoken to them of John the Baptist.
I think it is very clear; Jesus interpreted by Second Coming of Elijah, a symbolic coming of someone who was morally and piritually like Elijah ie John the Bapitst.
So those who are waiting for Second Coming of Jesus should realize and accept interpretation of Jesus; which has now taken place in the form of the PromisedMessiah 1835-1908