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The Messiah, The Law, The Prophets

Throughout all of Bible History, there are only three people who are recorded to have done a forty-day fast - Jesus Christ, Moses and Elijah. The events, and those three men, despite their living centuries apart, have strong connections in that both Moses and Elijah did or completed their forty-day fasts at Mount Sinai (also known as Mount Horeb), both Moses and Elijah were sheltered in the rock of Mount Sinai (not coincidentally, see Rock Of Ages) during their stay on the mountain, and then only Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus Christ in The Transfiguration (a vision of the future Kingdom of God on earth), after His forty-day fast and His overcoming of Satan up on "an exceeding high mountain" (Matthew 4:8 KJV).

The Messiah, The Law, The Prophets

The "Law of Moses" was, and is, actually God's Law, as given to Moses, for all of humanity. The Ten Commandments existed right from Creation (i.e. see The Ten Commandments Before Sinai?), long before there were any Israelites, and only those who obey God's Law will be granted salvation i.e. "Blessed are they that do His Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie" (Revelation 22:14-15 KJV):

Mount Sinai

"And he was there with The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And He wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments [see The Decalogue]. And it came to pass, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai [shown in the photograph; see also Why Did Paul Say That Sinai Was In Arabia?] with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone [see The Shining] while he talked with Him." (Exodus 34:28-29 KJV)

Elijah was and is representative of the Prophets (see the Fact Finder question below):

"And the angel of The Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God. And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there" (1 Kings 19:7-9 KJV)

Jesus Christ was the third recorded person to fast forty days:

"Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If Thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

"Then the devil taketh Him up into the holy city, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the Temple, And saith unto Him, If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."

"Again, the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto Him, All these things will I give Thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him." (Matthew 4:1-11 KJV)

Fact Finder: Does the Biblical term "the Elijah to come" mean that the original Elijah is returning to physical life to resume his purpose as a prophet, or is "Elijah" also used as a generic term for others?
See The Elijahs

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