The Spirit of Elijah

Malachi 4:5–6 (NKJV) "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse."
 
Elijah was a prophet used by God to bring revival to a backsliden Israel. Every revival among God's people has come in one sense or another through the manifestation of the spirit of Elijah. The "spirit of Elijah" refers to the authority and power of Elijah which can be released by God to a generation that needs revival. God had instructed Elijah to anoint Elisha as prophet in his place (1 Kings 19:16). In that day the spirit of Elijah was transferred through Elijah's mantle (2 Kings 2:13). This mantle symbolized the "double portion" of Elijah's spirit (2 Kings 2:9)--not a double amount but the inheritance of the firstborn heir to stand in the father's position (Deuteronomy 21:17). Years later John the Baptist came in the "spirit and power of Elijah" (Luke 1:17) "to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.", i.e. Jesus Christ (Luke 1:17). The spirit of Elijah calls a people back to God (1 Kings 18:21); restores true worship (1 Kings 18:30-39); challenges and overthrows false systems of worship (1 Kings 18:19-40); turns the hearts of the fathers back to the children (Malachi 4:5-6; Luke 1:17); turns the hearts of the children back to the fathers (Malachi 4:5-6; 1 Kings 19:37); turns the disobedient to the wisdom of the just (Luke 1:17); prepares the way of the LORD (Luke 1:17; Isaiah 40:3; 57:14; 62:10; Malachi 3:1; Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4), and makes ready a people prepared for the Lord (Luke 1:17). If there is ever a time that we need to ask God to release the spirit of Elijah, it is now. "Lord, send the spirit of Elijah in our day!"