When Jesus commands us to be awake or watch, the word used is agrupneo and it means to 'be sleepless or keep awake.'
He is referring to our spiritual state, not our physical state.
To be awakened your spirit must be revived and then raised up, and that is found in the power of the resurrection.
How does God revive our slumbering spirit? Elijah/sleep paralysis. Not only does Elijah's funtion prove God has a sense of humor but nothing quite
like the fear of the Lord. So Elijah is sent forth to turn the hearts of the children to their father's and that of the father's to their
It gets worse or better depending on how you look at it.
How are we raised up?
We have to look at how Jesus raised the dead to understand what John does in preparing the way. In one case of him raising the dead - he touched a
brier or whatever it was they were carrying the young boy on. The other case was the young girl whom he took by the hand. He raised her, then told
them to give her something to eat (this mystery is found in the last supper/eucharist).
John goes before the Lord, to announce "Here is your God." But I would bet my last dollar, that you would do what I did and reject him. But what
choice do you have?
He doesn't have a head.
THAT will turn the heart of the children to their father's and the father's to their children.
(Remember it's Jesus talking here)
See, my servant will act wisely;
he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
Just as there were many who were appalled at him—
his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
and his form marred beyond human likeness—
so he will sprinkle many nations,
and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand. Isa 52
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and rejected by men, Isa 53
Again... the suffering servant has no head. There are couple historians who recorded things about John the Baptist. His body and head were burried
seperately - one with the rich, one with the poor. One account has that evil woman keeping his head for awhile and doing awful things to it (stabbing
the tounge). John was led like a lamb to the slaughter and he was silent before his shearers. Jesus answered a question and spoke at his trial and
as he hung on the cross.
Sounds a bit out there. But I am telling you the truth. He took me by the hand and I've never been so frightened in my entire life. It's not just
me. I've looked high and low for others and I've found a few cases. Two girls in Texas, a group of people in WVA, a case in Indiana.
I can't help what I saw and I can't help what I know. It becomes a problem if I don't tell others what I've seen. We are supposed to share our
dreams, visions and prophecies.
So to answer the OP's question:
Yes, Elijah has come. He does it all the time. It's just noone recognizes him.
John the Baptist - same power and spirit, different modus operandi.
More people need to stay awake and watch. Follow the actual commands that Jesus gave.
edit on 16-9-2011 by Myrtales Instinct because: (no