Most Christians realize it is of utmost necessity for Jesus Christ to return, but why would Elijah need to come first? John the Baptist foreran the first coming of Jesus. If it were necessary for Elijah to come to prepare the hearts of the people to receive the Messiah when He came 2,000 years ago, would it be necessary for Elijah to come again before Jesus returns the second time? If so, what is the “spirit of Elijah” and how many times will God use this specific anointing? This topic is of vital importance because if there is an Elijah promised, then his ministry and Message must be recognized and embraced. This question was asked of Jesus by His disciples. MATTHEW 17:10-13, “And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.” Why was it necessary for someone with the Elijah anointing to forerun the coming of the Messiah? If more than a casual glance is taken of the first and original Elijah, we can learn much about God’s unchangeable way of preparing His people for His coming.