Watch my video explanation here. Another favorite argument of the Ahmadi’s is in terms of the prophet Elijah (as), in the Quran he is referred to Elias (as). #Ahmadis argue that the Jews were expecting Elijah (as) to physically return to earth, since he had physically been lifted to heaven from Earth and was prophecied to return before the appearance of the Messiah (which is a direct reference to the prophecy of Malachi 4:5–6). However, #ahmadis casually forget that Yahya (as) aka John the Baptist rejected the idea that he was the second coming of Elijah (as). In fact, Jesus Christ of the Bible denied the idea that John the Baptist was the second coming as referred to in Malachi.  Nevertheless, #ahmadis use a biblical issue (the second coming of Elijah) and argue that since Elijah didn’t physically return, similarly the Messiah, son of Mary would also spiritually return and not physically. To date, we haven’t found any hard evidence from Jewish sources wherein it is confirmed that Jewish people are still waiting for the return of Elijah, since they rejected John the Baptist (aka Yahya (as)) and even had him killed. We haven’t found where and when MGA first used this argument or not, that much is unknown. It seems that he Ahmadi editors developed this argument after MGA died and thus it is faulty. Furthermore, #ahmadis would deny that Elijah (As) physically descended to heaven in the first place, thus, their entire line of argumentation is dishonest.
The second coming of Elijah (as)?

First, Elijah the prophet is foretold by Malachi to return to the earth prior to the “great and terrible day of the Lord:”

Mal. 4:5  “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.
Mal. 4:6 “He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”

The “great and terrible day of the Lord” is a reference to the seven years of Tribulation. So, prior to the start of Tribulation, Elijah will return to the earth. The Lord’s purpose in bringing Elijah back will be to restore the hearts of Israel, which means to bring Israel back to a true obedience to the word of God, specifically their Law.

Elijah’s return is important because during Tribulation Israel will be given an opportunity for a time to worship at a new temple (according to Daniel 9 and Revelation 11). Nevertheless, most of Israel today has little interest in returning to observing a sacrificial system even if a temple were available, so God uses Elijah to prompt Israel’s return to orthodoxy immediate prior to the rise of a third temple.


John the Baptist’s denial of being the second coming of Elijah (as)

On the other hand, Jesus is not saying that John the Baptist WAS the fulfillment of Malachi 4 since even John himself denied this conclusion:

John 1:19  This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”
John 1:20 And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”
John 1:21 They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he  said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.”
John 1:22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?”
John 1:23 He said, “I am A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, ‘MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”

John the Baptist confessed that he was NOT the fulfillment of Malachi 4. Rather, he was the fulfillment of a different prophecy found in Isaiah 40. Elijah the prophet is still yet to return as promised. In that way, we can see that John the Baptist was the forerunner to the first coming of Christ while Elijah is the forerunner to the Second Coming of Christ. Only in that sense can we say that John the Baptist is connected to Elijah.

Jesus Christ of the bible asserting that John the Baptist is the second coming of Elijah (as)

In Matthew 11 we read:

Matt. 11:13 “For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John.
Matt. 11:14 “And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who was to come.

Notice Jesus describes “the prophets and the Law” in v.13. That phrase is Jesus’ way of referencing the Old Testament scriptures. So, we could rephrase Jesus’ words in v.13 to say, “The word of God foretold the arrival of the Christ until John…”

Then in v.14, Jesus refers to accepting “it.” What is it? By the rules of grammar, the pronoun “it” must refer to the testimony of “the prophets and the Law.” In other words, Jesus is again referring to the word of God. So, we can rephrase v.14 to say, “if you are willing to accept the testimony of the word of God concerning the Christ, then John is an Elijah for you.”

Jesus is saying that If a person accepts the testimony of the word of God and the testimony of John the Baptist concerning Jesus as the Christ, then that person has found through John’s ministry the very same thing Elijah comes to give in Israel. Such a person has returned “to the fathers,” in the sense of believing in the word of God concerning the ministry of the Messiah. Elijah comes to trigger Israel to return to God’s word and to an expectation of a coming Messiah in preparation for the difficult days that lie ahead in the Tribulation. If someone came to this same perspective through John the Baptist’s ministry,  then for that person, John the Baptist has served as an equivalent to Elijah.

On the other hand, Jesus is not saying that John the Baptist WAS the fulfillment of Malachi 4 since even John himself denied this conclusion:
Elijah in the Quran
Elijah is mentioned in the Quran, where his preaching is recounted in a concise manner. The Quran narrates that Elijah told his people to come to the worship of God and to leave the worship of Baal, the primary idol of the area. The Quran states, “Verily Elijah was one of the apostles. When he said to his people: “Will you not fear God? “Will ye call upon Ba’al and leave the Best of Creators, God, your LORD and Cherisher and the LORD and Cherisher of your fathers of old?” As-Saaffat 123–126

The Quran makes it clear that the majority of Elijah’s people denied the prophet and continued to follow idolatry. However, it mentions that a small number of devoted servants of God among them followed Elijah and believed in and worshiped God. The Quran states, “They denied him (Elijah), and will surely be brought to punishment, Except the sincere and devoted Servants of God (among them). And We left his (memory) for posterity.” As-Saaffat 127–128[131]

In the Quran, God praises Elijah in two places:

–Peace be upon Elijah! This is how We reward those who do good. He is truly among our believing servants. (Quran, 37:129-132)

–And Zachariah and John and Jesus and Elijah, they were all from among the righteous. (Quran, 6:85)
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