Miraculous birth of Eliyahu and virgin birth of Messiah

by David M. Cook

For many years and to this day the Jewish people have been looking for the arrival of the prophet Eliyahu (Elijah) who it was foretold that he would come before the great and terrible day of the Lord.

We read in the prophet Malachi;

4 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says the Lord of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.” 2 “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. 3 You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing,” says the Lord of hosts.  4 “Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.  5 “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. 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.”  Malachi 4:1-6 NASB

While Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah was living on earth He explained that Eliyahu (Elijah) did come but that the people did not recognize him.

17 Six days later Jesus *took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and *led them up on a high mountain by themselves. 2 And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. 7 And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.” 8 And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone.  9 As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.” 10 And His disciples asked Him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 11 And He answered and said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things; 12 but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John the Baptist.   Matthew 17:1-13 NASB

We read about the miraculous birth of Eliyahu (who is John the baptist) in the gospel of Luke chapter one.  We learn that his parents Zacharias and Elizabeth were not able to have children (as was also true of Abraham and Sarah);

5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years.   Luke 1:5-7 NASB

Luke gives us the amazing account of John’s (Elihahu’s) miraculous birth.  While Zacharias was performing his priestly service in the Temple he was visited by the angel Gabriel.

8 Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering. 11 And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. 14 You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. 17 It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” 

18 Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years.” 19 The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”  Luke 1:8-20 NASB

After the birth of his son, Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied this concerning his son John:

68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,
69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of David His servant—
70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old—
71 Salvation from our enemies,
And from the hand of all who hate us;
72 To show mercy toward our fathers,
And to remember His holy covenant,
73 The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
74 To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.
76 “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways;
77 To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins,
78 Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
79 To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”                                     

Luke 1:68-79 NASB

John (Eliyahu) is the prophet of the Most High; who went before Messiah Yeshua our Lord to prepare His ways.  Below is a link to a radio program about the miraculous birth of John and the virgin birth of Messiah Yeshua.




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6 responses to “Miraculous birth of Eliyahu and virgin birth of Messiah

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  2. Thanks, where do you think is the prophecy that speaks of John the Baptist’s suffering? Mark 9:13 I’ve often puzzled over this – is it simply that Eliyahu’s example of patient endurance mapped out the path of his successor.

    • cpsoper this is a good question. We read in Mark 9:13 ESV; “But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him.” It would seem from the phrase “it is written of him” would indicate there is a prophecy about his imprisonment and execution by beheading (Mark 6:14-29) I am aware of these three prophecies about Eliyahu (or Elijah who Yeshua said was John the Baptist), Isaiah 40:3-5, Malachi 3:1 and Malachi 4:5-6. These scriptures give us more light but they don’t address your question. Perhaps someone else can help us answer this question. Yeshua said this concerning Jerusalem; “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! Matthew 23:37 ESV

  3. Avi

    Hi, I don’t understand what the post is coming to add to anything. It is clear, as referenced in the quoted scriptures, that Eliyohu had a miraculous birth and that Yeshua was born of a virgin. What prompted you to post??? I was expecting, based on the title, some deep idea about his being born out of a non-sexual union or something else about his birth. Did I miss your point? You can see I am eager for more; so please pardon my questions. Thank you. Best,

    • Avi as you know many around the world are longing for the arrival of the Moshiach. Some are aware of the prophecy in Malachi 4:5, “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.” But when Yeshua the Moshiach did come He explained that Eliyahu had already come…John the Baptist. In Luke’s gospel chapter one he wrote an account of the miraculous birth of John the Baptist (who Yeshua said was Eliyahu who was to come.) 5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. 7 But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old. Luke 1:5-7 NIV Luke gose one to give us an account of the birth of Moshiach in the rest of chapter one and two. What prompted me to post was for God’s people to contemplate these two miracles of the advent, both the birth of Eliyahu and Yeshua.

  4. Mark Santos

    THE LAST TRUMPET / WARNING ( 1 Cor. 15:52-53 & 1 Tes. 4:16-17 )
    ( This is the fulfillment of Mt. 24:2 and Mt. 25:31-45 )
    May the Grace and Peace of God grant us all in this night hour time of His judgment reign.
    We are calling out in the open, all remaining living genuine messianic: chosen Jews, chosen Israelites, the accursed two tribe of Jacob, the Ephraim and Dan, and all literal gentile throughout the world. Inquire us immediately regarding this big major event change for the fulfillment of Mt. 16:27-28 and Mk. 8:38. ( Read this in your Bible )
    Our letter is about to update the knowledge of many religion, regarding the Truth of God’s Universal Religion Plan in the Bible, which others do not want/like to observe or maybe do not know it. However, I think many also know that the first legal religion of God was the Edenic Covenant to Adam unto his righteous seeds (Abel, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, lamech and Noah ), and after the flood, ends the Edenic period. The Old Covenant Plan of God followed where Judaism was recognized as the last religion. Then comes the Transition of the New Covenant Plan, which many do not know, and to describe this, it has Two Distinct Division Period Plan of Salvation and Judgment by the Holy Spirit Authority. And after this, comes the third part of the last Plan which is called the “End of the World“. Thus the whole Plan of God completed.
    Explaining further, this New Covenant Plan refers to God’s Promise Covenant to the Abraham period to be fulfilled to Isaac unto Jacob’s righteous seeds (no gentile) of salvation and judgment by the authority of Yeshua. (Son of Holy Spirit), in this first Division Period Plan, other prophets call it the “First Advent of the Son of Man (Yeshua)“ reign period and according to Moises, is also called the “Messianic Kingdom of Priesthood; Days of the Lord Judgment” by some major prophets; and “Christianity” to gentile terminology. So, this Covenant to Israel is the Legal religion which Yeshua proclaimed (Lc. 4:19) since the beginning of Ano Domini (A.D.), unto the whole period of Two days in God count or 2000 years in our present time conversion. Then the First Division Period ended last 1993 of the Gregorian calendar with an equivalent to 2000 years in the Israeli calendar. (Note : about the methodological teaching of this plans, please read it in your Bible), and followed by the Transition of the 2nd Division Period part as prophesized to the 2nd Advent of the Son of Man, in the glorification of the father (Adam’s Authority) as endorsed by Yeshua (Mt. 16:27-28), with a duration period of “One Hour” in God count (Convert it to our time and you will notice the date to be close to the end of the world). This 2nd Division Period was called the “Hour Judgment” of God according to Apostle John; “Hour of Redemption” to prophet Moises; the “Night Covenant” to Jeremiah and other major prophets; and “Eternal Age” to Apostle Mark in Mk. 10:30. (Note : with this revelation of God Plan, now reveals, the concealed “Days and Hour” in Mt. 24:36. I thank Adam’s Eternal Gospel for the prophetical fulfillment of Mt. 24:36, that challenges many theologian scholars in the world, and here ends also the New Covenant of Salvation and Judgment of God in the 2nd Division Part Period, followed by the 3rd and last part of the Division which is the “End of the World”. And if you want to see the scenario of the end of the world, read Apocalypse of Enoch 105:20-23 and Rev. 16:8-21 (this scenario are cause of the coming of the 3rd world war).
    P.S. : Have you not noticed the Plan of God, the many different dispensational transitions in every Covenant (READ PARAGRAPH 3),God made? This is the way God will check all his believers of every Covenant if their faith are true and in conformity with the Plan of God. And many pastors, priests and ministers never notice that, what they are quoting were all “Past Tense” such as Jn. 1:12 and Jn. 3:16; Lc. 1:1-4 and Lc. 13:23; Rom. 8:18 and Rom. 10:13; 1Cor. 12:8 and Titus 2:14 (Therefore, their faith is NONSENSE). However, we are sending this letter in connection with Mt. 16:27-28 to be a fulfilled prophesy in our present time. Thus, we rely this revelation of God’s Plan – The Kingdom in the New Testament to all living members of the messianic Israelites which in Act. 1:6-7 Yeshua reminded his disciples that the kingdom is not for them to know (literal gentiles also ). So, its very clear, there is NO SPIRITUAL RELATION what so ever, the Messianic (Christian) Salvation Plan of God to any gentile Christian religion? Therefore, any gentile believer that does not want to go to hell? Read Rev. 18:4 and research for more truth! Now, to whom do you think, will gonna serve this God messages salvation to the people of the world? When some Chinese, American and etc. rejected and even persecute us! So, we make a research in the bible about these gentile christian peoples who like to stop us? And we found out that all gentile peoples had been judged by Yeshua Messiah in Mt. 25:31-46 since the start of the Evangelization, for the Kingdom was prepared only to the chosen Israelites by God! To this fact, all gentile religions what ever its names were all “FAKE” and biblically condemn for destruction (Mt. 24:2). And this is our last call to all gentiles and unqualified Israelites to update your faith to save yourselves or oneself! And we thank the Lord God, the creator of all, for making us part of the many wonderful works of THEIR creation.
    (Star of David is a symbolical prophesy message of King David about Adam as the first created man (Christ) and last created man (Christ) by God).
    Make me not your enemy because I tell you the truth!

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