The Elijah Message by Ron and Connie Dahlke 2010
This book’s goal is to show the path the author’s took to find that the Old Testament God is the same God of the New Testament, and how that led to accepting the Statutes of the Lord, all the while showing what the title proclaims from Malachi 4:4,5. The goal of making a case for keeping the Statutes of the Lord today is carried out, but the random-type fashion in which it is done, and the lack of focus on the message of the title prevent a higher recommendation.
The Moral Law is shown to have existed before Mt. Sinai. Suddenly the word “Torah” is inserted with no explanation, leaving the reader confused about what the point is.
Colossians 2:13-16 is shown to not be talking about doing away with any of the Feast days. In the middle of the explanation tho, the reader is taken on a trip with Paul to show that he kept the Feasts, and an explanation that sacrifices were done on the 7th day Sabbath, and then brought back again to the topic of Colossians 2.
The only thing that looks like error to me in the book is the explanation of the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. The novel idea is proposed that the OC was what man made under his own power, and the NC is what God made, and just a few days after the OC was made at Sinai! Israelites who had incorporated pagan worship into their practices are said to have “fallen into the Old Covenant”. Then in talking about the Passover, it suddenly introduces the concept of having 4 cups at the meal, and the mistake of the Rabbis in calculating the correct day for the Feasts. It is this “out of the blue” aspect of the book that makes it confusing to all except those who have already studied up on this material.
All in all, the book seems to be written much more with an intent to help Seventh-day Adventists meet objections to keeping the Feasts, rather than explaining the Elijah Message. As such, the book may be useful for those who have studied a little into the Feasts, and are having difficulty explaining some inspired passages which are used to throw out the Feasts.