Malachie 4 : 5-6
In the Bible, God has always brought His Message to people all over the world through the prophet of the age. He spoke to Moses through a burning bush and gave him the commission to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt. The visible Pillar of Fire and other signs were given to confirm Moses' ministry. John the Baptist brought a Message to prepare the world for the coming of the Messiah. As John baptized the Lord Jesus in the Jordan River, a Voice from Heaven confirmed the commission he had received to present the Lamb of God:
"This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."
Years later, the Voice of the Lord was again heard speaking to a prophet, when He spoke to Paul through a blinding Light, later giving him the commission to put the churches in order. At no time, neither in the Old Testament nor in the New, did God speak to His people through a denominational system or religious organization. He always spoke to people through one man: His prophet. And He confirmed these prophets by supernatural signs.
The Promise of a Prophet in the Last Days
The very last words written in the Old Testament are a promise:
“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” (Malachi 4. 5-6)
The day of the Lord, that great and dreadful day, has yet to come, so we should sincerely wait for the prophet Elijah. In the Bible, the prophets did not come to traditional religious organizations. They came to a few chosen people.
What if the prophet of Malachi 4 had come and we missed him? What would happen if he was like the prophets of old and only a handful of people recognize him? If this prophet is to return in the last days, how will we recognize him? We can see the answer clearly in the Scriptures.
He will have the nature of a prophet. He'll know the secrets of the heart. He will perform miracles. Religious organizations will try to discredit him. But there will be a few chosen people who will recognize him as the promised messenger for this day.