“John the Baptist, who was the ‘Elijah’ of Malachi came as a sign before the day of the Lord; but what was also a sign that signaled the coming of that day was the Sun and moon being darkened: Joel 2: 31 says “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.” Joel chapter 2 is quoted by Peter on the day of Pentecost signaling that the day of the Lord was near. And like Joel prophesied, it would be armies coming against Jerusalem signaling the removal of the Old Covenant system: And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? The Romans were that army. The sun and moon being darkened is symbolic of armies coming against a nation for judgment in the Old testament: For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.” The above passage is about the fall of Babylon. It was the Medo Persian Empire that Isaiah prophesied about that came against them. The sun and moon being darkened was not a literal event at this time; but it was Apocalyptic language that is usually spoken throughout the Old Testament when relating to the judgment of nations in the Bible. If John the Baptist was the Elijah that was to come, and Jesus declared it, should we be looking for another Elijah? What we fail to acknowledge as we read the Gospel’s is Christ’s authority. We ignore his interpretation and still hold to our own understanding of what we believe a passage is saying. Because if we acknowledge that John was Elijah, then we must also acknowledge that the day of the Lord has come.
-Anthony D. Booker