I just finished reading Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum. The cruelty that human beings can inflict on one another is staggering. KGB agents in the USSR enforced laws against anyone disagreeing with the Soviet government. They stormed into homes in the middle of the night, dragged one or more family members away to interrogate them, subjected them to a charade trial, and shipped them like cattle in freezing train cars to toil in labor camps in sub-human conditions. Many of the prisoners died, while some lived through the ordeal. Millions, yes millions, of people were subjected to this treatment. The KGB agents represented the government. Were they “ministers for good?”
What I am referring to is the section of the Apostle Paul’s letter to Christians in Rome where he instructed them about their attitude toward members of the civil government. Here is what Paul said (emphasis mine):
Mark 9:13 (ESV) reads:
13 But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him.”
Jesus is clearly referring to John the Baptist, and the prophecy is about Elijah (Malachi 4:5-6). But where is it prophesied that he would be killed/abused? Some say by means of type (Jezebel was out to get Elijah), but that seems a bit shabby to me. Any ideas?