Central to this question of will Elijah return is a prophecy given by Malachi. Elijah was a prophet that lived during the final days of the judges, just before the first King Saul was installed over the twelve tribes of Israel. He lived roughly seven hundred years before Malachi, yet Malachi prophesies that Elijah will return. The prophecy is from Malachi 4:5-6 and represents the very last words in the Old Testament:
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.
The attention that this question gathers is rather significant. For example, David Jeremiah addresses this in his blog. Near the end of the article, the question is finally answered. He says, “Elijah will return according to Malachi’s prophecy”, going on to speculate that Elijah will be one of the two witnesses from Revelation 11 and asserting that “most scholars believe one of the two witnesses will be Elijah.”
So will Elijah return? Does Scripture concur with David Jeremiah and “most scholars?”